'18-'19 Whitetail Ledger

Date Method Deer Seen Deer Shot Deer Retrieved Sex Yield
10/11/2018 Archery 2 0 0 n/a 0 oz
10/27/2018 Archery 0 0 0 n/a 0 oz
11/10/2018 Firearm 3 0 0 n/a 0 oz
11/11/2018 Firearm 4 1 1 Buck 0 oz*
11/18/2018 Firearm 0 0 0 n/a 0 oz
Totals 2 0 0 0 oz
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Date Weather Temperature Start of Hunt Miles in Travel Time Hunting Total Time Yield/Time
10/11/2018 Clear 52 4:30pm 54.2 2:30:00 hrs 3:48:00 hrs No Yield
10/27/2018 Clear 48 7:01am 62.3 1:14:00 hrs 3:04:00 hrs No Yield
11/10/2018 Clear 31 2:11pm 74.4 1:36:00 hrs 2:57:00 hrs No Yield
11/11/2018 Cloudy 43 11:27am 75.8 4:14:00 hrs 5:58:00 hrs No Yield
11/18/2018 Cloudy 33 3:17pm 65.0 2:06:08 hrs 3:48:14 hrs No Yield
Totals 331.7 11:41:08 hrs 19:35:14 hrs
Date Location Ownership Shots Fired Ammunition Cost Other Cost Total Cost Cost/Yield
10/11/2018 Webster County Public 0 $0.00 $17.00 $17.00 No Yield
10/27/2018 Webster County Public 0 $0.00 $7.68 $7.68 No Yield
11/10/2018 St. Clair County Private 0 $0.00 $9.18 $9.18 No Yield
11/11/2018 St. Clair County Private 1 $2.26 $9.35 $11.61 No Yield
11/18/2018 Dallas County Private 0 $0.00 $15.02 $15.02 No Yield
Totals 1 $2.26 $58.23 $60.49

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ust as it is true that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord,” it is also true that “to be present in the duck blind is to be absent from your family.” In large part, the choice to chase waterfowl – I mean really get after it – is a choice to be gone, to miss some milestones. I’m as guilty of it as anyone. This last season I crossed multiple states, invested hundreds of hours, and spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars in search of greenheads and honkers. I’ve missed out on more walks to school, more nights in bed next to my wife, and more of my children’s firsts than I care to count.

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