Sunday, November 2, 2008

Deer Season Scorecard

Well, the first part of the bow season is done, and yesterday began the extended permit bow season. The extended season is basically a money grab conducted by the state of New Jersey. Your regular bow license ($27) is good for hunting in Sept & Oct. If you want to hunt Nov & Dec, it's an extra $28. Oh, and if you want to shoot a buck, you have to now buy a $28 buck tag. Oh, and if you want to hunt in more that one hunting zone, you have to buy a $28 permit for each zone. Then, some guys go pheasant hunting ($40), or muzzle loader hunting ($28 for each zone permit, $28 for buck tag). Wow! That's a lot of money the state gets! The only permits I buy are the buck tag (you never know when a big one will walk by), and one or two zone permits. Some guys spend a fortune just on permits & tags, and don't get much chance to get out hunting.

So, anyway, so far, my deer hunting season has been productive. I have 3 deer in the freezer so far. One big doe, one small doe, and a button buck. Then there was another doe that I shot at, and missed. Just as I released the arrow, my left arm (holding the bow) dropped, and I saw the arrow go right under her. Oh well. A missed deer is better than an injured deer.

So the score is Jeff 3, Deer 1. We'll see how the rest of the season pans out. I'm hoping to get 2 more big deer in the freezer, which will get us through a good part of the next year. I've only blogged about one deer this year. Here's the post if you want to read it.


Jean C. said...

Pretty darn good score there! Keep up the good shooting!

Reepicheep said...

Jeff you are having a great season. I'm jealous! I've only gotten out about 6 mornings and 2 evenings. I have saved vacation time for November. Starting this Tuesday I plan to get out each morning, then I will hunt all day during the rut Nov. 10-15. I'm putting my eggs in the rut basket this year. I'll try to take does in late season.

I did have an exciting hunt on 10/27. I had 5 different bucks come to my set up with a decoy. None were mature enough to shoot, although one was a 2.5 year old wide 10 point...I know there are bigger yet.