IT was over 100 degrees when I climbed in my truck to go home after another day at the office. It must have been about 72 in my office right after lunch and I was starting to sweat! …. Well, just kidding!
I used to work outside many years ago and it was tough in the summer heat! I did air conditioning and electrical work and the summers were brutal! Our work load was always heavy and every day or two we had some extra emergency repair work that pushed us into a ten or twelve hour day. I remember coming home to the cold AC and a cold beverage and relaxing by thinking about how many more days it would be until Labor Day. Labor day was our official close to summer atleast in our minds. Even though we still had plenty of hot weather repairs to perform, the worst of the summer was over! Every year we had an end to summer celebration and often we had a BBQ or fish fry to symbolically bury the old “heat monster” with a big cooler of iced “products” and the feel that hunting season was almost here brought grins to most of us.
We had a lease over over 1600 hundred acres of river bottom land and our annual pursuit for the biggest buck got underway the week after labor day. At that time, there were no trail cams in common use and we relied on scouting to determine what our chances might be for taking the best buck on the property before our fellow members did. Trails, tracks, browse lines, early season rubs and plain old observations by spending time up in the box stands and tree stands were the standards for finding bucks and figuring a pattern that might bring you in bow range early in October.
I was not the most ardent bow hunter back then, after working in the heat all week the last thing I wanted to do was to sit in the hot woods of an early fall day and try to spot a buck in the heavy cover of the full foliage out in the bottom land woods. Spotting deer in the pine hills is much easier than the hardwood bottoms and the mosquitos, snakes, biting flies, gnats were all a real hassle in the scouting processes of the “old days” of the sixties, seventies and even the eighties.
In the early nineties, I bought my first trail cam and it cost over $300. I put it out on our lease pointing down a good trail and when I came back later to retrieve it since you had to take it back home and download to your PC, I thought I had lost it. But, after more than an hour, and spotting boot tracks in the mud, I realized it had been stolen! I was so mad, I waited two years to buy another and the price had dropped to less than $200. I use a small cable with a lock for extra theft protection, but as best I could tell, no one ever tried to steal it. I did get a photo of the two crooks who stole my ladder stand as they walked by the trail cam’s location and I thought it would be enough evidence to get them prosecuted. The local deputy advised me that I was watching too much TV if I thought I could get a prosecution from a trail cam photo and that was the last of that issue and my $300. double ladder stand!
Oh well, I have lost, misplaced, worn out and had stolen, more outdoor gear than I can even remember ! The upside to that is that I have the money to buy new outdoor stuff! And each summer there are several great outdoor expo events to enjoy, buy new gear, book new places to hunt, meet new people and have some more good times in the outdoors! I am ready for fall but, first I am ready forthe big outdoor shows of summer to help me get through to another fall in the great Alabama Outdoors!
The Alabama Gun Collectors Summer show will be at the BJCC on July 12th and 13th in a show that has more guns for sale than you can see in most places and the show’s theme for this date is Guns of the Cowboy Era. Check out the following link for more information! http://www.algca.org/showdates.html
The 31st Annual World Deer Expo is coming to the BJCC in Birmingham July 17th, 18th and 19th and it is an absolute monster of a show! Gear Guns, Hunting Trips,Outdoor Celebrities and more will be found there again this year! For more info check out;http://worlddeerexpo.com/
Hopefully you will get to enjoy one or both of these July events to help you cope with the long hot Alabama Summer and help you make it to another fall hunting season!