The time had come. Muzzle loader season had started in VA. A new CVA Optima was purchased due to the odd rules of Goochland county. This is the first year that rifles are allowed, and only from a tree stand. Otherwise, Goochland is a shotgun only county. However, muzzle loaders are allowed during a separate muzzle loader season between bow and shotgun season, and they can be used during shotgun season, so that seemed like the right weapon to buy.
After getting dressed in my fairly new hunting gear, I headed over to one of our friends that was going to guide me on my first deer hunt. He had already set up a couple tree stands behind another friend's house. We headed out in the afternoon and got up in our stands by 4:30pm. We sat quietly waiting for a deer to come strolling through. It was a good spot next to a stream and a couple large deer had already been taken on this lot.
After two hours of sitting still and enjoying nature, darkness descended and hunting was over for the day. We saw more hunters than deer as it was opening day of muzzle loader season. I'll have to wait until next weekend to give it another try. Hopefully we'll be more successful and be able to put some natural venison into our freezer. Although it wasn't a successful day as far as bagging some game, it was still fun and I am looking forward to giving it another try soon.