25 September 2009
Missouri 2009 Archery Season - Opening Week
Missouri archery season opened on September 15, 2009. I hunted the opening week pretty hard. The deer were quite elusive and I was unable to pattern them. I ended up seeing only about a dozen deer or so during the week. This was about 100 deer short of what I’m used to!
There were 5 of us hunting on opening morning. My friend Billy was in a climber and he took a nice doe about one hour after season officially opened. Cameron and Thad (my friends from Texas) both saw deer but didn’t have good shots. Jeff and I both saw nothing! In fact, I didn’t see a deer until the third day.
Thad took an eight point basket rack during the afternoon hunt of opening day. I’m glad he harvested it. It was a large 3 1/2 year old buck with a genetically inferior 8 pt rack. This deer needed to be removed from the gene pool! Thanks Thad!
I harvested a large doe on the evening of the 18th. I was hunting from a climber and finally saw several deer including a young 6pt and several does.
During the course of the week, the five of us collectively saw several small bucks and a couple LARGE bucks. We were most succesful at finding the deer by hunting acorns and berries. The deer were not hitting foodplots, clover, or minerals.
The hunting will get better and the deer will be easier to pattern as the season progresses. I have every intention of spending all the time I can spare in the woods this fall. I’ll let you know how it goes!