First thing I want to say is how grateful I am for our Veterans and for this Veteran’s day as we took time to reflect on the sacrifices and service all of them gave to this country and the defense of our freedom. Thank you so much dear Veterans!
Today, I like many lucky people got to reap the reward for their service in the form of a holiday. I put my flag out this weekend and will take it up tomorrow morning. I also took time to pray today for our soldiers in active duty and especially several young men from my church who are in Afghanistan and Iraq. I hope all of them serve with distinction and return home safely!
Due to the rain, I was not able to get out and do as I had planned in the yard work area, but I also had in my plans to arrange my hunting gear for this Saturday’s start to the gun season portion of our Alabama deer season. I was able to sort out my field gear and get it packed in my deer hunting back pack, ( I keep another one dedicated to spring turkey hunting) I packed my scent blocker, my Tink’s early season cover scent, Some Tink’s Fox Urine cover scent for my “drag rag” got my Thermacell set up with a new bottle of butane and 3 thermacell refill pads that emit an earth scent along with the “skeeter” repellent. I washed two load of my favorite hunting clothes in Tink’s “Bytrol” odor eliminator and am anxious to see if it works well on the early season deer in the warmer temps. Last year I used either “Dead Down Wind” washing solution or the “Primos brand Silver Scent” control washing detergent and both worked well. I bought a promotional kit from Tink’s at the Buckmasters and I am a strong believer in Tink’s products so I am betting my opening week of hunting on it doing a good job.
I cleaned and sprayed my boots down with the garden hose and will let them dry a few days in the sun before I spray them and put them in a Tink’s Scent lock bag for transport to the woods. I have found that if I don’t put them on until I get to the woods I don’t leave any unwanted scents on the way to or back from my stand location. I also keep my outer hunting garments packed in a Tink’s scent bag and put them on only when I reach my parking spot for my truck. I see lots of guys that wear their camo and their hunting boots in such places as the Waffle House while eating breakfast, at the gas station, walking across that gas splattered concrete and then wonder why the only deer they see (if any) are does and young bucks. You have got to get serious about scent control if you want to see more deer and more MATURE Bucks! The dumb ones are on a wall somewhere, pay the utmost attention to scent control and you will see it pays off!
Have you sighted in your rifle ? Be sure the bullet goes where you aim and shoot at least a three shot group to verify the gun is on target. The only thing worse than missing a big buck, is making a bad shot on a big buck (or any deer) due to a poorly placed shot that allows the wounded deer to get away and die in the woods too far away for you to locate him. The only happiness that brings is to the local coyotes and buzzards. Be sure of your gun’s ability to hit where you aim it and your ability to aim it properly.
How about your stand? if it is elevated such as a ladder stand or a site built platform, be sure it is safe before you go climbing up to it before daylight on opening day this Saturday morning. Many hunters in Alabama are injured and some even killed in falls from elevated stands or climbing type stands, Be sure to use a fall restraint device when you climb! There are many good ones on the market now and it will be your most important hunting investment so get one! If you have not checked your stand thoroughly, it may be best to hunt from the ground until you can give the stand a good inspection in daylight. Ground blinds are increasingly popular and are very portable, not to mention safe! I like the little pop up ones that you can carry like a backpack. I also like to make a ground blind from natural cover and I use a small, foilding canvas chair that is very comfortable and it allows me to sit motionless with enough elevation to place it in a “brush top” or a “blow down” and see the terrain well. After that, patience and focus can bring you that big opening day buck to you for a ride in your truck!
Have you scouted? Do you use a game camera? Pre-season scouting to locate fresh deer sign and well used trails is a must to see more deer. A game camera set up along a trail and over a food source can give you a real serious look at the bucks in a given area, just don’t create a legal issue and refer to the regulations for hunting and food sources.
This Saturday, my biggest decision is going to be which stand and which county I am going to start the gun season off in. I am hunting a new property in Dallas County and I am anxious to actually hunt instead of just scouting it. But, If I hunt in Tuscaloosa county, I could get in an early morning hunt, Go to the BAMA game and maybe even be back in the woods by 3::00 or 3:30. That sounds like the best plan to me!
Hope you are planning to hunt this Saturday and if you harvest that big opening day buck, send me a picture! Just send it to me , firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post it on an upcoming blog! Kids with deer, First deer taken, etc are even better! Good Luck in the deerwoods!
Until next Week.. Good Hunting and thank a Veteran every chance you get!