In Ohio (I live near Cincy), the archery season starts Sept 26, so I have some time. But honestly, I think about deer hunting all the time. I am obsessed with it.
I've started first with my shotgun, added a new scope, trying out new ammo. Will have it sighted in fully this weekend after trying some new ammo. Shotgun week is a little later in the season, but I wanted to get it out of the way since I spend most of my time hunting with a bow. Today I have off from work and I planned on fishing, but I slept in (oops), so now plan B is to head out to pick up the ammo for the shotgun, a new sight for my bow and some new arrows and broadheads. My wife is going to love this bill. I am kind of schedule driven and I am on track. Next weekend, Ill be sighting in the new bow sight and then the following weekend I go to the hunting property and rehang two stands (one new one) and reposition an existing ladder stand. I hunt private property so I can only show up once in a while or the owner might get irritated wth me wandering around on her property. But during the hunting season, she allows me to be there as often as I want. It's a sweet deal. Once I hang the stands and clear shooting lanes, then I stay off the property. That gives me about two months for the deer to get used to the stands and no human odor.
Only two other guys hunt this property (that we know of) but luckily only during the muzzle loader and shotgun weeks. Unfortunately one of the bozos used my ladder stand in the middle of the season last year and left a spent shotgun shell right under the stand. That ticked me off because until I found that shell, I couldn't for the life of me understand why the deer traffic stopped in that stand area. I am so careful about scent control but this guy is careless plus I think he is a smoker. I know since it is not my property, I cannot tell this guy to stay off my stand, but it is 'my personal stand'. If I see him this year, I will ask politely that he not use it or at least clean up after he leaves. Would it be too much to ask him to use scent control too? Plus he seems like the type that if I said something he might spitefully go over and take a leak by my stand or do something to ruin the area. When shed hunting, I found his blind (in an area the deer come onto the property from a neighboring farm) and looked in it. He had unwrapped chewing gum and a Bic lighter just lying there on the ground and the blind was half unzipped.
Well... 21 food plots, 8 cameras, 3 farms in Wisconsin and one in Illinois. July is the busiest time! Will be replacing a few stands this week and monitoring existing food plots. Also, will plant 5 more food plots in the near future when or I should say if we get rain! Scouting every night with video camera in hand. Antlers are growing at alarming rates. Wow this is fun!
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