The cool morning air slides across your face as you sit 20 feet up in a tree. The food plot you planted in the offseason is bright green and has shown signs of a big buck that likes to feed here. Your Remington .270 is at your side; you have complete faith that if that monster walks out into the field you’ll be able to take him down.
All of a sudden, there’s movement across the field, a quick flash of brown in between the thick tree branches. This is it; this is the buck you’ve put in all your hard work in the offseason for. All the hours spent growing food plots, scouting and making sure you scope is sighted in.
You slowly reach for your gun as your hand begins to shake. You can hear him walking towards the opening in the trees.
Your heart drops. You can’t believe what you’re seeing. A grey squirrel has scampered out right where you thought that buck was. Once again the excitement of the woods and the beginning of gun season has gotten to your head.
It happens to the best of us. You’re sitting in a stand or blind on a quiet morning and then you hear noises walking behind you. Your heart skips a beat thinking it might be a deer, but the majority of the time its just a squirrel there to torment you.
Why do the hunting gods play such cruel tricks on us? Do they think they’re comedians up there, laughing every time a squirrel makes a noise and we mistake it for a deer?
Of course there’s always the trick they like to play during bow season. That’s to have a big 10 pointer walk 50 yards from your tree stand and just out of range from where you had set your pins.
As of Oct. 19, they can no longer play that trick, because it’s gun season in Georgia. Many a hunter will hit the woods with a rifle and scope powerful enough to take a deer out at 300 yards.
Then again, what’s to stop the hunting gods from putting a deer 305 yards away?