Deer Season ’08

Deer season ’08 will be one that I wont forget. This year was the first year that we had the whole family in deer camp. Growing up deer hunting was more or less a camping trip with the family, with an added bonus if someone came back to camp with a buck.

This year it finally happened! I was able to get the whole family together for the first time in almost 10 yrs for deer season. I rounded up both my parents along with my sister and her husband and daughter and of course my wife and 3 kids.

Andrew and I shooting his new 20ga.

Andrew and I shooting his new 20 gauge

Not long after getting camp set Joe and Andrew were already bugging me to get out the shotgun that Andrew won at our local NWTF banquet!! Being a little nervous that the boys would become gun shy from the recoil they assured my that they could do it! Yep they proved me wrong. I had to stop them before they got a sore shoulder.

Joe shooting Andrews 20ga.

Joe shooting Andrews 20ga.

This was the first year that I was able to have my wife along during deer season now that our 3 children are old enough that we didnt have to worry to much about them! The boys were the ones that I was worried about getting into trouble, like adventuring to far from camp. Lillie was the one that turned out to be the adventurous type, trying the native grasses and dissapearing into the pop-up blind unannounced to anyone.

Lillie eating grass

Lillie eating grass

Where did Lillie go !!!!!

Where did Lillie go?

After getting fire wood for the 10 days we will be in camp, it was time to keep busy!

Killing time making camp furniture

Killing time making camp furniture

I had hunted pretty hard for 4 days and saw nothing but Elk and a hand full of does with a few small spikes. On the 5th day the weather turned from cold and clear to colder and white! I was hoping that now we had some weather the bucks would either start moving more or just be easier to see, but unfortunately nothing helped.

elk weather @ deer camp!!!

elk weather @ deer camp!!!

Getting back from a snowy hike. I left the truck seeing a decent buck in hopes of catching up to him but he was on the move and didn’t stop to look back!
The snow never stopped!

unsuccessful snowy day!!!!

unsuccessful snowy day!!!!

Andrew messing around at camp playing the air guitar. What a goof!!!

The next Ted Nugent!!!!
The next Ted Nugent!!!!

What a Great season it was I was able to share my passion of hunting and the outdoors with the ones that are the closest to me, my family. Even though nothing was harvested this year both my boys are already asking if they can go next year, and of course I said most defintley.

3 future hunters
3 future hunter
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Casey Zellars

Casey Zellars

Casey Zellars grew up in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon and now reside in the Willamette Valley with his wife Karrie, 3 children.