By Rich Miller
This is the time of year when all I can start thinking about is getting ready to climb up a tree and start hunting. Normally, that is what I am doing, but this year it has been so hot an dry I don’t know if that is what I really want to do right now. We have had so many days in a row of 98ºF + days, and some well above 100, I just want some relief before I climb up a tree. As I mentioned last week in my blog I have a good deer using in one of our food plots and am looking forward to hunting him but I am praying for some cool weather.
It is so dry where I live that we haven’t plowed anything up as for as our food plots go. The ground is so dry it would just be a waste of time and our money. The good think is that everything is dead and we will not have to spray any herbicides to kill anything. So we will save a little money if nothing else. I am sure sooner or later we will start getting a little moisture but for right now it is bad. Since the food plots and getting ready to plant them are out of the question right now I have turned to hanging stands and shooting my bow. This year I made it a point to have all my gear ready by the time deer season rolled around. I am not talking about having all my stands hung and ready to go, I mean all the little things ready.
Usually every year it takes me a few hunts to get everything organized. Whether it is in my backpack or in the side bags of my climber, normally I will forget and leave something. This year I want to have everything ready to go. The major things I keep in my pack that I want to have for every hunt is my bow hanger and several screw-in hangers for my pack and my quiver. Next is my range finder; a lot of the places I hunt I will never need it because it is so thick, but I still prefer to have it just in case.
Grunt call is something I never want to leave without no matter what time of year. It is the consistent call that I use the whole season. A facemask and gloves are a must whether rifle or bow hunting. That is the first thing a deer will spot if you don’t have them on. The last but not least is a good pair of binoculars, whether it’s a deer I can shoot or not, I want to have a good look at it either way. With a good set of binoculars I know how good a deer was in just a few seconds and eases my mind so I am not guessing.
Being prepared is a big part of being successful. Some of the deer seasons I have had have been real successful and during those some of the guys I hunt with have said man you are lucky. A little of it is luck I guess but it happened because I was there. I can’t remember who it was but someone told me onetime that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. So this year, make it a point to be more prepared when the season rolls around and I’m sure it will make all of us more successful.