Opening day of rifle season in Kentucky, one of my favorite days of the year is finally here!
After a sleepless night, I checked my sight, cleaned my gun with the Otis Kit. It is so important to pack the right gear on these trips because if you miss something, there’s no going back.
I had a quick cup of coffee over a last review of the hunt plan and we were off.
Since I was able to get out yesterday to bow hunt, I had the chance to do some scouting and figure out the deer traffic. The rut is definitely on and we have timed it perfectly. We didn’t see a lot of huge bucks but, we saw enough to know we would be putting meat in the freezer for the winter. I chose a tree stand close to the main trail where there was a lot of traffic. Most of the bucks we saw here were head down chasing a group of does and I wanted to be close to the action.
The property we hunted on is sandwiched by two feed plots so there was plenty of traffic. With that said, you need to stay aware or deer will walk directly under you without warning….amazing how quiet they are especially with the ground covered by dried fallen leaves.
With the morning temps hovering around 37 degrees, I was thankful for the gear the team at Tactical Gear Experts recommended I wear. I highly suggest working with them if you have special sizing needs. They really know their stuff and give great recommendations on what to wear to stay versatile and comfortable regardless of the weather conditions.
We did well on the morning hunt. With all 3 hunters bagging a buck, I had the chance to try my new Gerber Field knives. I highly suggest this set as it made field dressing the deer quick and easy.
All in all a successful hunt! I couldn’t have done it without all the help from the TGE team.
We were successful in bagging a few more deer that evening. Our freezer will definitely be full of meat this winter.
When we returned, we grilled some freshly caught meat on the fire grill, all the while letting loose with good friends, bourbon, and a few songs on the acoustic guitar.
Let me know if the TGE team or I can help you prepare for your next hunt.
I’d also love to hear some of your epic hunting stories, add them in the comment box below!
I’ll be following up with some great venison recipes I have tried and loved over the years. Let me know what you think.
Stay tuned and happy hunting!!