But I digress. Where was I going? Ah, yes. So it was super hot. And I just had a bee in my bonnet about deer hunting. With the season having recently opened, I was itching to at least go sit in the woods. Given that Georgetown is in Game Zone 5, a rifle hunt wasn't an option. As luck would have it, John just so happened to have a crossbow handy (thanks, Allsty!). Hey! I'm in business. Now I just needed to figure out if it was ok to wear a bathing suit under my bug suit so I wouldn't have a heat stroke. Because a bug suit is 100% an essential for hunting this time of year in South Carolina, particularly on the coast. I ultimately decided that saving my skin from 10,000 mosquitoes was more important than getting more than a little sweaty while sitting perfectly still in the woods. Ahh, South Carolina in August.
On to the hunt! I woke up extra early to layer up, lace up my snake boots, make sure I could actually cock the crossbow (hello, zero upper body strength), and get to my spot well before dawn. As it turns out, I wasn't quite early enough. I was about 100 yards away from my spot when I heard a bit of commotion, and I could barely make out 2 silhouettes hop back and forth for a second before scampering back into the woods. I think it's so funny how wildlife will freak out for a minute before running off:
"Someone's coming! Which way should we go?" [moves 2 feet] "I don't know man. Let's go this way." [moves 5 feet] "Wait, what about this way?" "Oh, yea that looks better." [moves 4 feet] "Just kidding, let's go your way." [finally runs off].
I'll be sure to let you know what I find out!
Have you had any early season success? I'd love to hear about it! Until next time...