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.

2 comments:

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.