This sounds like every season for me.I very much appreciate the sentiment of this thread. I will however add on that you do absolutely have power over it as an individual.
I just had by far my most insulated hunting season as an adult, by choice. I hunted as much as ever, yet I never saw another hunter in the field, never saw an animal in the back of a rig, and never spoke to another hunter or check station. Hunted all public land, and 95% of the time never needed to worry about checking the GPS for land ownership. The only folks that saw the animals I killed in person were my dad, wife and brother.
No social media, very little picture sharing, and really only stayed in contact with a dozen or so friends and family.
It was great, and I'm very glad I approached this season this way. It reassured to me that I still hunt for the right reasons.
It was something else to catch up on hunttalk after tagging out, and finding out I was using the wrong gun in the wrong caliber, drove the wrong rig to the trailhead, used the wrong optics while hunting, and hunted in units that aren't worth hunting.
I will admit that I am getting a little disgruntled about the mule deer situation around here. I need to switch my obsession toward elk. I am shocked how few hunters I see in a season but I suspect most are smarter than me.
The day after Thanksgiving my son and I checked out an old camp that my dad hunted from in the late 1950s and early 60s. There are still good bulls in the area though mule deer look to be extinct. Truth be told, there were very few deer there when he hunted it, so it will be like old times. We are planning to take the horses and use this camp next year.