Opening Day Deer

I could have used that extra hour of sleep but I certainly wouldn’t want to miss opening day of the 2007 Ontario Deer controlled hunt. Climbing up into my tree stand at 5:30am with a frosty brisk breeze sure wakes you up in a hurry!
A lot of the forest has been stripped of it’s colourful foliage but its still thick in other areas, We need a good blast of winter!

Sunrise is almost here but even with a mist hanging over those bull rushes to the east I can see  an orange blob about 230 yards away, one of my hunting partners hunkered against a pine tree.

06;27, shotgun fire echoes to the south across two fields in a chunk of another private woodlot. 06;32 someone empties a semi-auto by the sounds of it.

Buck and two Does race over the rolling  meadow between me and my buddy, No shots ring out from us; they picked the perfect escape route.

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As an avid lifelong angler and hunter, Peter’s outdoor knowledge and experiences keep expanding through his hundreds of hours of hunting and fishing podcast interviews with like minded experts. He has received numerous national writing awards. With thousands of outdoor pictures on Ripple Outdoors and many full-length articles with outdoor magazine and video clips you might say that he not only enjoys his outdoor lifestyle, but he’s quite the fanatic! In 2015 he earned fifth overall on the King of the Wood Contest hosted by Canada In The Rough team, pretty good for a baby boomer deer hunter. His buck was also one of the top bucks taken that season. Through Peter’s deer hunting seminars or by attending outdoor trade shows, like the Toronto Sportsmen Show and The SWOC Big Buck Show, he has connected with thousands of like minded people that love hunting and fishing. As a volunteer or member of local and national outdoor groups like QDMA, SWOC, Outdoor Writers of Canada, Archery Trade Show Association he continues to learn and hone his craft. Read his many articles, listen to his podcasts and rifle through thousands of photos on Ripple Outdoors. Discover Peter’s latest posts about outdoor gear, destinations, how to articles and interviews and you’ll be a better angler and hunter for the experience.

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