Every year starting around November 1st I head to our cabin to spend 7 to 10 days deer hunting. This year my buddy Dave Black was going to be able to make it back from Maryland to join us. The weather has been extremely warm for this time of year and deer movement had been somewhat slow but that would not dampen our spirits. The first evening of the hunt Dave was able to connect on a decent buck and we were so happy for him.
The next couple of the days we went from warm to down right hot as far as the temps were concerned. Wanting to get to the Missouri R. one last time bowfishing so I suggested we give it a try. We left very early in the morning and were on the water by 8:30 a.m., and right away we found some small bigheads. Dave had never been on the Big Mo and he was loving it. Though the bowfishing was a little slow we did manage two nice ones and half dozen smaller ones. Best part of the day was when Dave managed to put an arrow in a really nice fish and after a lengthy fight we had him in the boat.
After a long day on the water we were ready to head back to the cabin and give the deer a try once again.
We hunted hard the remainder of the hunt and even though big buck sightings were minimal we did have a couple more close calls. One thing that we were not short on was turkeys, so we took time a couple of days to set for them. We managed to have great action with the birds and my 79 year old father even managed to take a nice jake.
This was one of the slower weeks of deer hunting I have had in recent years but this goes down as one of my most enjoyable hunts. Anytime you can spend time in the outdoors with great friends and family lasting memories are going to be made. Being able to bowhunt deer and turkeys and bowfish for bigheads all in one week reminded me of just how lucky we are!
Harlin Welch has been an NBA member since 1990 and has been bowhunting for nearly 30 years. He has two children Zach and Madison that share his passion of bowhunting. Harlin has been married to Kara for 20 years and she allows him to pursue small game, fish and big game with his bow year round.