For those of you who may be interested I decided to post up my hunting journal for 2009. I hope it turns out successful!! 2009 Hunting Journal Thursday, October 8th The weather was partly cloudy and very warm for October. The high was 86 degrees and it was very humid. The moon was in the last quarter. There was a cold front moving into the state from the north but it did not pass my hunting area till Friday morning. I set up my climbing stand in a double trunk white oak tree in the fringe of woods along the east side of the Big Field. The woods were about 20 yards wide where I set up my stand. There is a big cutover outside the property line that has 15-20 foot pine trees and a lot of undergrowth. The placement of my stand was such that I could take advantage of a deer trail coming through a hole in the fence. The trail came though the fence about 10 yards directly east of my stand and then forked to pass my stand on the north and the south. The longest shot from this stand is about 15 yards. I positioned the stand to face northwest since that would offer me the best bow shots. I trimmed a few shooting lanes and was settled in the stand by 5:00 pm. The wind was blowing from the east north east and only varied occasionally. I hunted till dark in mosquito infested woods without seeing any deer. At dark I got down and spooked a deer that was just outside of the property line to the north of me. I think the noise I was making was what spooked the deer and not any scent from me because the wind was in my favor. Saturday, October 10th After the cold front passed through Friday the temperatures were much cooler and better for hunting. At 4:00 pm it was 50 degrees and at 7:00 pm it was 48 degrees. There was a slight breeze but it wasn’t constant and swirling. The sky was completely overcast. I got to the Buck Stand behind my house at about 4:30. There wasn’t much activity other than squirrels and birds. I used my doe can call about every 15 minutes to see if I could call anything in. Several times I thought I had heard deer moving but was unable to see anything and I wasn’t sure of what I heard because the rain on Friday had left the leaves soaked. At about 6:30 pm I noticed movement in front of me slightly off to my left. There was a doe moving out of the thicket at about 25 feet. She had completely taken me by surprise. As she continued by me I got my bow and attempted to prepare for a shot. My release slipped off the string and made a noise and she caught me. She was only a few feet from an open shooting lane. As I watched the doe I heard more footsteps from the direction she had come. I chanced a look back and saw another doe moving up the same trail but she caught me also. After the second deer saw me I could hear more footsteps coming up the trail. Finally a third deer appeared. The last one was a button buck. I never got a shot at any of them because the second doe turned and hopped off and then blew at me several times. I blew back at her and seemed to confuse her for a while but I was unable to calm the deer down enough for a chance at a shot. It was uneventful from then till dark.