Saturday was a beautiful day in the Virginia Countryside as hunters all over the state headed to the woods to chase the spring gobblers.  My usual haunts for spring gobblers were all filled up and one is being developed with new homes so we headed to the Rapidan WMA above Madison, Virginia.  Up in the hills attached to the National Park we headed in search of a really dumb gobbler.  What we found instead was a good bonding session between Tristan and I and a ton of deer.

Tristan and I were up at 4:30am and on the road in about 10 minutes.  We made it down to Madison in about an hour and got the truck fueled up and Tristan fueled up with some chocolate milk and a couple of breakfast bars and off we went.  Arriving early we jumped out of the truck to see a pretty nice herd of 10 to 12 deer boogie up over the mountain in front of us and deer on all sides of our location.

Of course they were all huffing and blowing as they headed up the mountain side letting the world know we were coming up the mountain and we heard that gobbler let loose on the next mountain over as we began our ascent.  I am pretty sure that is the first mountain Tristan has climbed since he was about 3 years old and it was a little tough for him.  Otherwise we got some great pictures and we had a ton of fun.  Tristan carried the BB gun and I let him shoot the 410 shotgun.

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