It was an unusually warm fall afternoon in Central Mass with temps approaching 80 degrees! So knowing my daughter Nicole would be comfortable, I asked if she wanted to go hunting with my friend Eric and me. She wasn't sure what she wanted to do but decided she would come with us. We started getting ready by picking out camo, snacks, drinks, rattling antlers, etc. While we were getting ready, Eric showed up and we loaded up the bows and arrows and gear. Nicole sounded excited that she was coming with us and, as it turned out, she had a day she will never forget!
When we got to our hunting spot we checked out some large deer tracks cutting through the plot of land the owner had just treed and stumped. We got our gear together and Eric headed down below to his tree stand and Nicole and I headed up through the apple orchard to the new double ladder stand Eric and I had put up earlier this year. We got to the stand and found the seat to be soaking wet from the heavy rains the night before, so I laid my waterproof camo coat on it (which I didn't need due to the warm temps) and put Nicole's coat behind her back, making it comfy for her. We weren't there very long when Nicole started snacking, and I described the spot where I saw a six-pointer and a three-pointer a few days earlier and the eight-pointer I shot right after the Halloween snow storm last year.
The foliage was just about at peak and the wind was blowing a little, bringing down bright yellow and orange leaves, which were carpeting the forest floor beautifully.
We were both so excited we had a hard time texting Eric and calling Mom as our adrenaline was still pumping. This is a hunt we will both cherish for a very long time!