Well it has been one tuff week of hunting muleys. Still hunting timber in warm crunchy conditions made deer sighting rare. In a 7 day period I saw just 4 deer, which is now my new record low. I burned well over 100 kms of boot leather and searched so hard for an elusive monster that my eyes hurt.
The rut was incredibly late. Around these parts you can see some action as early as Nov 10th, but most years it really starts around the 15th. This year I didn't see any rutting action at all until the last remaining 15 minutes of light on the evening of the 23rd. I was able to glass up a 160 class 4 point pounding brush, chasing a hot doe and lip curling. I only got to hunt in snow the last 3 days and the snow has been very squeeky. But with snow, I was finally able to see tracks and I figured out rather quickly why my deer sighting were low, WOLVES!!!! A pack was working the same areas I was. Thus the reason I couldn't get a deer to stand still for me and would just hear the classic, THUMP, THUMP, THUMP!
Here are some pics of 3 different wolf tracks with a 300 Win Mag shell for comparison.
I also hit lion tracks as well.
Regardless of the tuff hunting conditions, the old saying still rings true, a bad day hunting is far better than a good day at work. I truly enjoyed my time off and with 2 more weekends left in the season, I have high hopes that maybe I'll see some harsher weather come in and find that elusive monster before last light on the 10th. Here are some pics from the week.
Another cave to explore
The resident of the cave, a bushy tailed woodrat (packrat)
Had a flock of cedar waxwings land beside me while I was glassing and feed on some berries.
A decent buck track that I dogged for awhile. Never did catch up to him.
A young whitey buck I saw one morning in a field