Just returned from another lovely weekend at our very own cabin, in the woods. I put up two stands (one ladder and one hang on) plus did some finishing touches on my 2×4 tree stand and ground blind.
The ladder stand went over the food plot (in picture), and the hang on went in the swamp across the street. This old geezer (65 Wednesday) is finding out that this tree stand business is for the younger guys! You talk about some poor aching muscles. Thank God for ibuprofen! My back was screaming at me all the way home.
The ladder stand consist of four 4 foot sections plus the seat. You have to lay it on the ground and walk it up till it’s upright and in line with where you want it. Walking up a “top heavy,” awkward, slipping piece of metal is not for the faint of heart. After trimming branches to clear a path to my chosen tree, I then had to find a small tree to prop the bottom rung against, so it wouldn’t slide along the ground, as I lifted. The first try put me in the tree, but upon repositioning, the stand came crashing to the ground! Try number two was successful, but totally wore me out. Sunday morning after my wife and I had our own little church service, I headed for the swamp. Trying to latch the climbing sticks wasn’t easy, and hanging the stand proved even worse. Both stands are 16 footers, and I was ringing wet, and shaky as I exited the swamp.
I needed a young “buck” with me-not this old gray mare! Trouble is I’m retired, and everyone else is working, or in school, or taking care of other responsibilities, leaving no one to help “bake the pie.” (Little Red Hen)
I found out my roof leaked on my “new” ground blind, and I had to cover it with a camo plastic tarp. Put up a shelf, inside latch, and added some pine branches to finish off the outside. Next I carpeted (noise barrier) my 2×4 tree stand and added some camo netting, and a tall painted bucket to sit on. While in the ground blind I encountered a “huge” wolf spider. I have arachnophobia and would sure like some suggestions on how to keep them on the outside and not the inside of my “private” quarters. Moth balls, Osage oranges, insecticides, what??? Give me some suggestions dear readers.
Over all, the deer picture doesn’t look that great. I have 200 trail cam photo’s, and just this weekend captured the biggest buck to date. It’s a small six! There are a few doe’s, but this hunt area has really taken the “shaft” from our Department of Natural Resources. Unlimited doe permits have really decimated the deer population according to the locals I’ve talked to. Several Amish farmers said it is a rare sight indeed to harvest a good 8 pointer these days. Winter wheat and clover fields are void of deer! I have yet to see a feeding deer in any field over the last two months. When I was a kid we would see 100’s of deer in these same fields. If the goal is to eradicate the herd, then I would have to say this is another D.N.R. success story. No matter I will thoroughly enjoy myself this weekend, as I hunt from my own cabin, on my own land. Hope everyone has a good safe opener October 1st.