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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sun, Snow & a Filled Proxy Tag

This morning I went deer hunting alone to fill a proxy tag.  I started hiking up the mountain at dawn.  There was a hard frost and down low everything was white with frost.  By the time I got up high the sun was coming up and bathing everything in gorgeous dawn sunlight.  And there were deer everywhere.  I even passed on a spike.

I noticed that all the deer were on the move from the sunny south slopes on over the top and to the north side.  I thought it was weird that they were leaving the warm slopes for the cold north side.  And then suddenly - seemingly like someone hit the light switch - the sun went away, the wind picked up, and it got cold.  All the deer had been anticipating the weather and moving to the lee side.  And just like that - no more deer.

I batted around a bit and did not see a single deer for almost 2 hours.  I decided to try one last bowl on the North side, but basically I had given up.  And there, in the middle of the bowl, was a small buck.  Funnily enough I have shot a deer before from that same spot another time when I had also given up.

I got to the deer and it started to snow.  And then it started to thunder and lightning!  This rarely happens in Kodiak and it was very weird to be in a full on snow squall and have thunder and lightning at the same time.  By the time I quit cleaning the deer it looked like below, and it did not stop snowing until I had almost reached the car an hour and a half later.  Patrick

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