I returned home today from the first annual Ladies in Camo hunt at Big Bucks Timberland. We got home a day later than planned, more on that below. We had such a great time…the food, new friends, fellowship and hunting were phenomenal.
Friday night when we arrived I crept up on Cyndi on the back deck and surprised her. She kept saying “Okay! I thought you said you were NOT coming.” It was great seeing her this weekend. She has a full schedule through the first of the year and with her new job and relocation she is not sure that she will make it to the March hunt at Bubba’s camp–so we were glad to spend time with her.
Saturday morning started off with me surprising Christy and Carlee. That was fun!! They didn’t have a clue and Tommie Lea, Johnny and Mike did well keeping it from them since my name was on the stand and guide list.
This weekend was the opening of gun season in Mississippi and the lunar phase was in full moon. All of the ladies saw deer this weekend. Christy Turner harvested a nice bobcat Saturday morning; flipping it into the woods about 10 yards right into a thicket of sticker bushes. Our guide Mike found it and literally had to cut a path to it.
Richard and I were in a shooting house on a beautiful green field. We didn’t see anything during our sit and I spent some time catching up on Facebook, my emails and started typing my much needed and past due column piece for the Guru Huntress column on Women’s Outdoor News. Richard made a comment that I was going to miss out on a harvest opportunity one day because of using Crackie. Then 10 minutes later I look over and he is asleep….hmmmm…you think he ever missed an opportunity in a shooting house before?
We came out of the shooting house at 10:30 a.m. for our pickup at 11:00 a.m. I wanted to do a little ground taping about the green field and some things I found interesting. We walked back to the pickup point, where we did a little filming. Mike, our guide was right on time.
Saturday, during lunch Richard and Johnny went to a new spot and Richard put a lock-on on the tree and attached the arm so that it would be ready when we got into the stand in the afternoon. This spot was also a really beautiful stand and it was way up there. It was in the open in a high traffic area but the height of the stand kept you concealed from the natural vision height of passing deer.
Our afternoon hunt was uneventful, only seeing three or four does that came into the small green field. I did have a lizard that hoped off the tree onto my thigh and he made his way all the way down to my hunting boot and just hung out a while with us.
I was looking forward to grilled steak and some good fellowship on Saturday night. We stayed up late chatting away. Tommie Lea gave every one of us a goodie bag with some shirts and hats from Buck Girl and Diva Outfitters. The group gave Tommie Lea a picture frame with a photo of her first deer harvest. She is such an awesome person. She worked herself ragged pulling this hunt together and did so much to make sure that everyone had a wonderful time and when she received her gift from the group, she just teared up and said “Ya’ll didn’t have to do this!” She is such a special and dear person.
Everyone was in bed by 11:00 p.m. so they would be rested for the morning hunt. The day was going to be much warmer with fog in the area until mid morning. I didn’t have any internet service so I was unable to upload any photos or update my blog…I did, however, catch up on Facebook.