Hunting season in Alabama, It is a time of extreme pleasure for many of us who wait impatiently from the end of turkey season on April 30th to the opening day of dove season in early September. But, just like college football, the real special part of the season is just now on the horizon.
That is the start of fall gun season for deer. I do enjoy the bow season although, I must admit that my age, physical condition and plain old desire to hunt every day possible has given way to a bit of decline as I approach my 60th year on the planet. I still love to deer hunt, but a good weatherby rifle equipped with a 56mm Zeiss scope is my weapon of choice. Replacing my old PSE Nova or my old Remington 1100. When I was a younger, I really enjoyed bow hunting but, my old elbows and shoulders prohibit or atleast inhibit my ability to make that draw smoothly and stealthy like I once could.
Last deer I was able to take with my bow was on a warm afternoon and I still did not think I was gonna be able to make the draw. Had I not been able to make a quick shot, not sure how long I would have held. I did buy a Barnetts cross bow but, confess I have not shot it yet. So I guess for this deer season I will just enjoy sitting in my ladder stands or ground blinds and hunt more like the old guy I am becoming.
I also used to really enjoy hunting via the stalk or “jump shooting” deer with my shotgun. We would often put on deer pushes in the late monrings and early afternoon after the monring still hunt and before the afternoon still hunts. We covered a lot of acres and “pushed ” some big bucks out of hiding places such as cutovers, briar patches, pine thickets and creek banks. It was fun but, is a physically demanding type of hunting for sure. If you have enough property and enough stamina, I highly recommend this type of hunting! Good action and lots of fellowship can be found that reminded me of the reason the dog hunters still like to do that.!
Last blog, I discussed some of the changes in hunting rules and want to make sure everyone understands that youngsters hunting who are under age for a hunting license are STILL required to have a hunter identification humber that is obtained as part of the H.E.L.P. program. Please take time to obtain one for the young hunters who depend on you to take them hunting and to make sure they are in compliance with our hunting laws!
Hope you enjoy the hunts!
And if you bag a big buck, Alabama Black Belt Adventures is having a great contest!