Well I am back from my first whitetail hunt in over 20 years and it was great but no trip goes without issues starting with the weather. Sorry in the delay for posting but just got home from the hospital after having neck surgery. By no means ready to run out and do much but certainly fine to catch up with the forum. Anyway's left Colorado on 7 Jan and had to drive in that miserable ice/snow storm we had all the way to Amarillo. Issue number 2 started as I was getting thru Dumas Texas I get pulled over by a Texas State Trooper. Knew I was not speeding due to the weather so was very interested as to why I am getting pulled over. After the normal questions about license he asked where I am going etc. so I tell him. He tells me that he pulled me over for a dirty license plate and if all is good when he runs my name he will just give me a warning ticket. Well all is well so I get my warning and back on my way. At the next gas station I pull in to check out and clean my plate and cannot believe that it is barely dirty and clearly viable. I have my suspicions as to the real reason for the stop but will leave that alone. Not much fun on the trip so far but just east of Amarillo the storm broke and was just cold. However, once in MS the rain/ice picked up and stayed with us for the next 5 days. Well regardless of the weather it was time to hunt so went and got my 7 day license and confirmed my zero. Short story on the zero is that my first shot was about 4 inches high which seemed strange, second shot about 2 feet low and left. Tried the third shot and it was high and right. Yep you guessed it the scope had broken during the trip. Lucky for me my buddy had a spare scope so we mounted it, did a quick bore sight and back to the range. Took 9 shots but was right on track so at least I knew I could hit what I wanted to. After the deal with my scope my Buddy Doug said he wanted to conform his zero too. He goes to fire his first shot and all you hear is a loud click. Pulled the round out and the primer has a good dent in it but was a dud. So far the trip is not shaping up well. He fires a few shots after that and all is well. Time for dinner and some sleep for the next days hunt. Even with all the issues to this point I was excited to get out and was in the stand that morning at day light even thou the locals said nothing was moving until mid-day to evening. Well they were right as I saw no deer until about 1230 when 3 spikes walked out. After about an hour another small buck with 3 points on his left and a broken antler on his right stepped out. Was looking for a good buck so just watched him feed. Never saw another deer that day. Weather stayed poor with light rain, high winds (15-30 MPH) and cold down to 10 and never getting better than mid 20's for the first 5 days. No one in the group of 4 that I was hunting with saw any big or even decent size buck in those first 5 days. Since we could take some does we decided to start taking does to fill the freezer but even the does proved a challenge. I did end up taking 4 and the other guys took a few. The weather did break the last 2 days but still no bucks to speak of. Saw several small bucks but nothing I would consider a shooter. I did see several turkeys during the hunt which is fun to watch but of course that season is closed. Was hoping to see some hogs but again no one in the group saw or ever heard a hog so that did not pan out either. The rest of the trip was laid back and the weather finally broke We did some fishing but not much catching and walked the sand bars on the Mississippi River looking for arrow heads and fossils. Found 2 nice arrow heads and a bunch of old bones and Indian pottery pieces. Also had set up a day to meet my youngest boy for dinner one night as he is stationed in Pensacola and we do not get to see each other much. Trip home was fine until I hit Amarillo and that is when the snow started flying again. Ride from Amarillo to Walsenburg was no fun at all and took at least 3 hours longer than usual due to the snow and wind. Finally got home safe and sound about 1 am. It is funny that even with all the the issues it was still a great trip and a bunch of fun. Ended up with about 130 pounds of processed meat so the freezer is filled up again and looking forward to heading back south again next year but maybe in December instead of January.