I spent the final hours of the Northern Zone firearms deer season watching an NFL football game. And when you consider I’m not really an NFL guy, preferring to OD on college football on Saturdays instead, that pretty much tells you I had surrendered to the whitetails this year.
I’m already sitting back and evaluating my 2012 deer season, one in which no tags were filled – even during a couple days in the Southern Zone, where I carried DMPs for two different units and was fully confident I could fill some venison requests for friends back in the Adirondacks.
But it didn’t happen. I can’t be too disappointed about not downing a buck up north; statistically, most hunters don’t. But I didn’t connect during the archery season for the first time in a few years, and suddenly it’s early December, I’m not a muzzleloader hunter and the reality has hit home: I didn’t kill a deer this season.