Opening Day Eve

Deer track

Deer Track

It’s Opening Day Eve. My clothes have been washed in scent-free detergent and hung outside to dry, and the pretty smelling shampoo, conditioner and soap have been pushed aside for unscented products. My rifle is sighted in. I have my fluorescent orange out, my boots are on the heater, and I know what I’m having for breakfast before I leave. The coffee pot is set to turn itself on. There are no signs of the rut starting yet, and bucks aren’t showing up on my game cam. There are doe and fawn tracks in the area; there has to be a buck out there somewhere. A beautiful autumn day hunting in Maine, regardless of the likelihood of tagging out, is hard to beat.

Be safe, folks. Make sure you know your target. My husband was shot in a hunting incident years ago. I’m fortunate that it wasn’t more serious, and that I eventually met and married him. It’s worth the extra time it takes to be sure of what you see, what’s behind it and what’s going on around you. Better safe than sorry.

If you see me hanging out at a tagging station (between Lincoln and Topsfield), say hi and tell me your story so we can share it with everyone here.

Good luck!

Robin Follette

About Robin Follette

Maine Press Association award winner, 2013. Robin's Outdoors, Bangor Daily News, third place in Sports blogs. I grew up with a fishing pole in my hand and have always loved the outdoors. From gardening to hunting and fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and foraging, most of my time is spent outdoors. I teach outdoor skills as a volunteer instructor for Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman. Pro-staff at The Limb Grip. My personal blog is here. I'm currently working on my first book, a collection of short stories based on my outdoors experiences.