Letting Hunting Season Go Is Hard.

Deer season is winding down around these parts, and with the early, extreme cold weather, ice on the lakes is out exceptionally early. We intended to go out hunting on Friday, before the big Arctic front passed through and knocked us back into the single digits. Boy, did mid-30s for those two days feel nice. It didn’t happen, though. Matt had to work and my errands ran later than intended, so we chalked the day up to recuperating from holiday travel. The freezer’s full to the top anyhow.

So the only activity we really had this weekend was one ice fishing outing in town (which we’d been hoping not to do- our luck on the lakes here sucks), and one hunting outing as the front passed through Sunday afternoon and evening. It was a weekend of getting skunked, all ’round.

Saturday's high was nearly 40F. There was a layer of water under the snow, and it was very sloppy.

Saturday’s high was nearly 40F. There was a layer of water under the snow, and it was very sloppy.

Tip ups are generally supposed to rest on top of the ice and snow, not underwater. But you can also see the thin ice- only 4 inches or so.

Tip ups are generally supposed to rest on top of the ice and snow, not underwater. But you can also see the thin ice- only 4 inches or so.

We talked to these gents- earlier in the day, they'd caught 3 30 inch pike. Lake Mendota requires pike to be 40 inches to keep, though.

We talked to these gents- earlier in the day, they’d caught 3 30 inch pike. Lake Mendota requires pike to be 40 inches to keep, though.

Downtown and campus from the lake.

Downtown and campus from the lake.

Capitol building.

Capitol building.

And a foot of punchy snow as the temperature dropped into the single digits while hunting.

And a foot of punchy snow as the temperature dropped into the single digits while hunting.

After this weekend, we may be hanging up the camo as well as the blaze, for the most part. The holiday hunt and bow season end January 6th. My Illinois tags are good down there till the 12th, so I might sneak down there to get in one last hunt. But Sunday night was cold. And I got cold fast. With the constant cold weather, I’m more or less accustomed to it, I’m just fed up with it. But this is our weather for the next week.

The day in the low 20s might not be bad.

The day in the low 20s might not be bad.

With windchill advisories, we don’t really want to be outside. But it’s always hard to let deer season go. I suppose coyote hunting and ice fishing will get us through to open water fishing and turkey season.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Letting Hunting Season Go Is Hard.

    • We’ve been marvelling at the fact that it’s been colder here than where Alaskagraphy lives, by and large. Luckily, our lows are the only double digit negatives we get. It was -20 something last night. While I might be curious about whaling and Alaska in general, I do not envy you guys your weather 😛

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