Well, we hunted a place I have not been to in over 5 years. The apprentice wants to go there to use his Muzzle Loader instead of the hunt club that is bow only. I agree, and we drove out there at 4:10 am. While I'm loading my climbing stand, and other gear I see a huge buck across the road, and he is not at all intimidated by me. When the he sees the headlights come around the bend, he bounds off. I'm excited for the day at this point. We drive out, nobody in our chosen area, so things are looking pretty good. We walk about .7 miles, and find ourselves between two flooded creek bottoms on a narrow ridge, we split up. I get about 60 yards out on this thin ice, and start hearing ice cracking, I have no idea how deep the water is, so I slowly back out. I go back out on the ridge and find a great spot. I unpack my climber only to find the seat was left in my garage. I text the kid, he's up & cozy already eating one of the sandwiches I packed for him. LOL. I put my foot platform on the tree, and get comfy. I too eat a sandwich, sip on some water realizing I still have 40 minutes until legal shooting time. I see some deer moving close to shooting light, but not in range yet. I then see 4, yes 4 orange hats bouncing down the ridge coming in behind where I came in, the deer boogie out. I start packing my stuff. Text the kid, he too is seeing some hunters on foot on the other end of this ridge. We both say, let's get out of here. I walk past the 4 late comers, and one guy says, you can't be giving up this early. I say, you can't come in mid morning not knowing if someone else might be set up where you're going. I told them they bumped out like 9 deer, LOL and wished them a good day. Kyle says, let's call it a day, he was tired, and I said, I'll pop for breakfast. We changed into our street clothes and went out for a Sunday brunch that was out of this world. Got home, and the youngest daughter took Mom out shopping, I had a great nap. Deer 1, me zero! Still had fun though.