Hurricane Season Bow Hunt, Day 1

As I’m posting this journal, some six days after I penned it, I ran across the rainfall totals from Hurricane Ida—yellow seems to mean not good.

By Ben O'Brien

Day 1, 9:42 p.m.
I sat in front of the TV like some drooling tween waiting for Miley Cyrus to dance her way out on stage. I was glued to the Weather Channel collecting every single piece of evidence I could about the next four days (temperature, wind speed, barometric pressure, sun rise and sun set and chance of precipitation). Tyler Kreis, blogger, and I were about to jump in the truck and make the two-hour drive from NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Va., to our hunting property on Maryland's eastern shore.

What we saw wasn't that bad at all. The forecast called for wind and rain on our first day, but three pretty decent days to follow.

Now, as we arrive at our hunting camp it seems the Weather Channel and its uppity anchors have tricked us again. WE ARE IN A HURRICANE. Oh yes, the remnants of Ms. Ida are bearing down on the Chesapeake Bay, and we have nothing to do but pray for mercy. We are facing wind gusts up to 50 mph and a steady rain that is threatening to flood every inch of solid hunting ground.

Right now I feel like we’re waiting for that Mike Tyson knockout blow, one last gust of wind to send us back where we came from.

Our dreams of camping out for this four-day bow hunt during the peak rut have been dashed, and we're considering a nighttime search for a suitable hotel.

Luckily, we have our stands already set and we know that the big deer that have been spied on our 160-acre woodlot will be moving eventually. The rut is on and we are here to stay.

Stick around, we'll see if can find a paddle to make it up this creek.

Day 1, 11:41 p.m.
We found a hotel about 15 minutes from out stand locations, hallelujah. We’re bunking up for the night and tomorrow we’ll take a run at these big bucks—weather permitting.

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