Matt somehow managed to talk his college buddy into letting me tag along on a late season bow/muzzle loader weekend hunt at his place in Pepin county (not Trempeleau like I thought). We drove up Friday night, and left Sunday morning. It was a nice change of pace to see deer and a lot of them.
Saturday morning was a wash, but Saturday evening I watched 4 deer well out of range. Matt saw 6 different deer that same night. He would end up shooting one of them, a very nice sized doe. We finally have venison again.
Late Saturday night, after registering the deer and watching most of the embarrassing Badgers game at a local bar, we saw a total of about 30 deer in the fields on the front end of the property. Sunday morning, I watched a small doe stand well within my range for about 10 minutes altogether, but the landowner had asked us to take one doe each. I didn’t want to take another one. Sadly, no bucks to be seen.
The pictures I took through the truck windows Sunday morning didn’t do it justice- it was actually very sunny most of the weekend, with highs hovering in the 30s.
Muzzle loader ended yesterday. We still have late bow, as well as a holiday antlerless hunt around us in the southern portion of the state. I’m hoping to make it back home to try hunting in Illinois one more time. A second deer would be good to have.