I didn't think this day would ever get here.  Opening day of deer season!!!! 

I'm not one of the lucky ones getting to lay out of work and go hunting, or even one of the very lucky ones that get to hunt for a living. 

Last night, I was busy packing up all my hunting gear and tree stand for my afternoon hunt on opening day.  I had birthday parties and family reunions that took up my whole weekend so it was a last minute dash to get it all together. 

Never did I realize all the time and packing it takes to get me in the woods. 

The camera is not going in for the first day's hunt, so no pics or video, but maybe tomorrow.  I'm hoping to at least lay eyes on some deer this evening, regardless I will make sure to keep everyone up to date with what is happening in the woods.

I am very interested to hear others tall tales.  Email me or post a comment here to let me know how your season is going!


Last minute touch ups

I have been trying to get my bow set up and ready for the season to start.  I have caused my self some delay with going through 3 rest before i found one i like and 2 sights.  I have also added a string stop to my bow and i noticed after we shot last weekend that my serving had come loose near the string stop.  So i have been trying my best to get to the bow shop and have them cinch it up for me. 

Yesterday was the first day i had to try to head up to the bow shop.  I got off of work and flew out hoping to get to town and back before super time.  It didn't quite work out as i had thought.  I got a call from my wife telling telling my mother in-law (who was keeping my son) was in town and she could just meet up with me and save a trip to go pick him up.  Yeah sounded like a good deal to me, save me some time and gas money.  I thought i would get my bow fixed and then meet up with her and head on home.  NOT.  I got a call back not a minute later stating she was about 2 miles from me and to pull off the next exit so we could meet.  Wow.  That happened a lot quicker than i thought it was going to, ha ha. 

So then it was me and my 8 month old hunting buddy going to the bow shop together.  We arrived and luckily they were able to get straight on my bow.  It did take them a while to work on it.  In the mean time me and my little man walked around and took in all the equipment for sale and the part he loved the most, the animals hanging on the wall.  He has just learned to wave,(at everyone and every thing) and i noticed him waving a lot.  There was not a lot of people in the shop so i started looking around and found he was waving at those animals on the wall.  So i took him back over where he fell in love with an elk that was hanging on the wall.  He was nothing but grins.  He waved and ran his little fingers over the coarse hair of the elk.  Made me feel good to see him taking an interest at such a young age.  What turned out to be a quick trip to town turned into almost an hour more than planned.  But hanging out with my little boy in the bow shop more than made up for it.  The hunting, and getting ready for hunting, memories have already started.

Hunting Season Coming On FAST!!!

We are only 5 days away from the start of hunting season.  Wow.....I'm pumped....I got to looking at my bow this year, it is... oooh... 15 years old or so, good ole PSE.  It was definitely built to last, however, the size of my old bow and the weight of it was way out of date. 

I started looking around in hopes of finding a deal on a newer style bow. 

After lots of searching and bartering around, I found a Mathews Monster that I fell in love with.  The speed, the size, the weight , and the Mathews name got me.  I have since got my bow hooked up with and Extreme 4 pin sight with a light on it, a Fuse string stop, a Bohning quiver, and a Rip Cord rest.  It has taken me most of the summer to buy, sell, trade and barter around to get my bow ready for season but I think it is there. 

With the addition of our first little one, it got me thinking about a lot more than just hunting.  I got to thinking about when he could go hunting with me and all the good times we are gonna have together and I started getting excited and wanted to go out and get a two man stand right away.  Then reality set in that we have a new born and with that comes the reality of little to no money.

Still, I can't get all of the future hunting trips out of my mind.  My bow that I mentioned, is around 15 years old, which means, the tree stand I hunt out of is around, 15 years old.  I got to pricing tree stands and realized this was not an option, anyways the stand I have is awesome and I would only want another one just like it even if I could get a new one. 

That is when it hit me, the stand I have is still in great shape as far as I can tell.  However, the thought of me falling out of a tree, getting hurt, or even killed, and not being able to support my family or even be able to go hunting with my little man in the future was stuck in my mind. So I decided to start looking into safety harnesses. 

I had bought one last year before the season started, it was an API.  I had tried it on before season and had never put it on again.  First, it was so difficult to put on. I couldn't even figure out where to put my arms and legs in that thing.  I do a lot of hunting after work so this would hold me back by 30 minutes (easy) from me getting in the woods. Needless to say, I put that one on a very popular archery sight and had it sold in no time. 

I proceeded to do some research on different harnesses to see which one I would like to try this year.  I decided to go with a Hunter Safety System Pro series.  I have tried it on and I love the way it feels and the ease of use. 

As soon as I get some time in the tree with it on I will make sure to give everyone my thoughts on this product as well.

Anyone else find deals and barter and trade to get what you need for hunting season? What tactics do you use when times are tough? Believe me. I want to know and learn, so please comment below.