Archery season ended Saturday in PA. Once again, the deer herd was largely un-maligned by my best efforts. Despite being skunked for yet another season, fall is my favorite time of year to be in the woods for a variety of reasons.
- I get to see the woods go from green leaves to bare trees over the course of the archery season.
- The woods are relatively quiet and free of other hunters this time of the year, which means I get some uninterrupted thinking/reading time.
- Without a bunch of people stomping around in the woods, the animals are generally unaware of my presence as they go about their business. Over the past few years I have seen the usual deer, bunnies, squirrels, and chipmunks, as well as foxes, porcupine, turkeys, a turtle, and a bobcat.
- Despite being in PA for the past 23 years, my blood is still thin, but most of archery season is pretty comfortable to be sitting in the woods.
I have some of my best days when I get to spend time in the woods. There’s something settling and centering about being out there. I’m hopeful that some of my children will develop this love for the woods. I need to make more opportunities to get them outside, that’s for sure.
No deer in the freezer, but I got to spend hours in the woods. I win.