I got no deer this time
Good day to everyone. I hunted over the opening weekend and did not see any deer. On the opening day there was a party of 6 men who most likely drived the deer to the South (I was to the West from it) - so I heard shots early during the day and they were gone by midday. On the second day, I sit on a small ridge (maybe a few meters above the land) where two funnels were connecting. I guess deer just has not return to that stretch of forest after the opening day drive. I heard 4-5 separate series of shots from SW (there's a private land) in the last half an hour. I guess the local farmer probably baited the site and deer moved to feed there when sun was down. Well, apparently my time has not come yet. There will be another season and I learned a couple of valuable lessons this time. One is to scout more - would I have a better idea of the land, I'd probably could move to a better spot once I know there's a hunting party. Another lesson, I'd better hunt closer to my home. Spending 7 hours driving (3.5 there and 3.5 back) and also hunting for 12 hours is plain dangerous. Not mentioning the fact that it's easier to scout when it's closer to home.
When you're successful, you're not learning because one's able to learn only from mistakes. I'll correct mine before the next season (luckily we will have one more opportunity early in December).