With the winter weather moving in there has definitely been a major effect on the wildlife in the Ottawa Valley. The first dilemma that arose at the end of the rifle hunt a few weeks ago,was choosing what to hunt next. My first thought was of course to get back into the swing of waterfowling. I haven't given up on this year's waterfowl hunt but it has become quite difficult to plan a bird hunt. With the shorter days and fewer daylight hours it has become hard to scout for the birds because darkness arrives so early. Getting out after work and putting on some kilometers to find the birds has become almost impossible as it is dark before my work hours are over for the day. This leaves limited time on the weekend to get out and find the birds as well as setup for a hunt which would include gaining permission to hunt where the birds are etc.
The option to continue deer hunting is also available. Muzzleloader season is not far away. This season I find quite enjoyable as the hunts always seem interesting with the deer a little more relaxed a few weeks after the very popular rifle hunt.
Of course the bow season for deer is open until the end of December in our area which leaves plenty of time to get out after some monster bucks as well.
My next hunting adventures will very likely be last minute decisions and there will be many factors determining what is best to pursue. Weather will be the biggest deciding factor. My prefered option would be to get out for another waterfowl hunt but again this will depend on bird behaviour as well as the bird population in our area. Whatever happens I will be quite happy to be outdoors as often as I can as the realization settles in that my hunting outings for 2016 are quickly coming to an end.