Hunting in colder weather
I got up at 5 am and it was 6 degrees. I got the 22-250 with some 55 grain fmj bullets and went out to see if I could get a coyote.I figured Id use the fmj thinking I wouldnt hurt the pelt as much if I did shoot one. (Although that doesn't always work cause the bullet can hit a bone and tumble and make a pretty big exit hole then). There was about 6 inches of powder snow so walking was pretty easy and real quiet. We've had some disgustingly warm winters the last few years so it was a real pleasure to hunt in colder weather. I snuck along scanning as far as I could see in the woods, looking for any sign of movement or anything that didnt look quite right. Saw a few deer,squirrels,a turkey, but no coyotes.
Hiking up the mountain ,I found that I didnt even break a sweat. Just before 7 am , the sun came up and the sky was deep blue. The low sun on the snow was so incredibly beautiful,I cursed myself for not bringing my camera.It was like a billion diamonds sparkling. I saw where a grouse was walking and a porcupine and several deer. Its not as easy to identify tracks in powder snow, I like to go out when the snow is just melting a bit and then you can tell every critter that passes as the tracks are very distinct.
I worked my way thru some grapevine tangles and green briar and slashing ,and if it was 32 degrees or more, I would have been crawling with ticks.
I never got ANY bug on me AT ALL. It is such a wonderful experience to hunt when its between 5 to 20 degrees. Hell, if its below zero, I'm going out.
I only hope that the cold weather stays. If you love to be in the woods, you just have to love cold weather.
Didnt get a 'yote, but just being in the woods was priceless