Today's morning hunt was a bad one. Mechdoc and I got into our stands around 6AM and that is where the trouble started. I took my first step up into the tree and busted my kneecap on the tree peg real good. Barely got up into the tree and chilled out while taking a seat until daylight. When I could see well enough I pulled up my pant leg because it felt wet and tacky. Sure enough I got a good gash on the kneecap about two inches long and as wide as a bow rope, tore through the skin pretty good. Shortly after that we had a deer that came in behind doc and somehow saw him or winded him and took off like a bat out of hell with no more deer to be seen. The only plus is that we decided to scout at 9:30 and found a killer scrap between our stands, several recent huge buck prints and a bunch of fresh rubs. The October lull is still biting our arses but November is right around the corner! Hopefully the afternoon hunt will be a little more productive.