Yesterday my son-in-law Tony and I went to Hillsdale to do some fine tuning on our tree stands, and do a little more scouting. Tomorrow is Michigan’s opening day of bow season. (Oct. 1st.) The weather man is calling for a 50% chance of rain, and if I remember right it rained last year also. I don’t mind somewhat of a drizzle, but sitting on stand in a downpour is at the bottom of my “to do” list. No matter how good of a “blood trail” you may have, it evaporates in seconds during heavy rain. Trust me I know!
Due to the unusually dry summer, farmers are harvesting their crops earlier than most years. We have soy beans in one of our fields, but they have a couple weeks before they will be ready. There’s about 10 acres of high weeds (bedding area) around the perimeter of the beans, and the deer aren’t wandering to far from their food source. We have a small pond at the south end of the property, and they use it for their watering hole. My stand is set up close to the end of this pond. We have found numerous “rubs” but not any “scraps” as yet.
I’m sure the economy will be keeping many hunters closer to home, and the “no baiting” factor will keep some from hunting at all! I had a 1/4 tank of gas before we left yesterday, and put $66.00 dollars more in to fill it up! (Ford ranger) Over to Hillsdale and back uses about a half tank of gas, so we’re looking to pull a small “fold down” camper over there in order to save a few “gas” dollars. I’d be interested to hear if this economy is effecting others hunting plans this season. Hope you all have a good safe opener, and are able to “close the deal!”