Counting Down the Days!
Jul29

Counting Down the Days!

Oh deer! I have been racking my brain trying to get my game plan together. Yes, the countdown has begun . . . while most people are enjoying summer boating, fishing, golfing, beach time, and other wonderful outdoor activities, some of us are counting down the days until deer season starts. If we are not thinking about it, we are probably sleeping and dreaming about it. I know I am. It is all about preparation, and this season, we are focused on hunting mature bucks. All hunters know that four- and five-year-old bucks don’t live that long making themselves easy targets. Our main focus will be keeping our human footprint as light as possible so as not to put pressure on the deer. How do I smell? Do tell!   Camouflaging our human scent is extremely important, and this year, we are adding dogfennel to our scent control plan to mask unnatural odors from our boots. It grows everywhere in the Southeast and it has a strong odor that will be perfect to hide our scent. We are not sure exactly what method we will use to get our boots covered with the scent, but I have visions of stomping our feet in the stuff as if we were squashing grapes for wine. The answer is blowing in the wind . . .  Next, we will focus on wind direction, which goes hand in hand with our scent control plan. Since a buck will use his nose to detect danger approaching, knowing the wind direction is one of the most important details to take into account. We have several stands to choose from and will select which stand to hunt based on the wind direction, always wanting to be downwind to best control our scent. Having options with the right stand for the direction of the wind can make the difference between seeing a buck and not. Otherwise your answer will be just blowing in the wind. A ScoutLook weather app is great to pinpoint your stand so you can check for wind direction. Stand by me  Besides the typical preparations such as pruning and clearing shooting lanes of fallen trees and debris, my stand will need to be cleared of any potential for wasps. Wasps are my phobia. I am OK with spiders and snakes, but not wasps. Letting out a scream because of a wasp will not help with hunting a trophy buck! I also need to check the swivel seat on my stand for squeaks and groans, as well as giving the stand a thorough checkup to make sure it is structurally in solid shape, as...

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January Apologies ….
Jan06

January Apologies ….

Now that the dust has settled and the cobwebs have cleared, I realize that I probably owe a few friends an apology. Missed birthday wishes, unreturned texts, and invitations passed up pretty much sums up my last few weeks of deer season. I could blame it on the holidays or my busy work schedule, but I am now admitting that I was totally obsessed with deer hunting.  It’s not like I did not have many hunts, as there were plenty. Nor was it an off year since I harvested two bucks and a doe. Looking back, I realize that I was on a mission to hunt every opportunity that came my way.  I was feeling that dread that comes over you when your favorite season (next to turkey hunting)  draws to an end and you can’t believe it will be another 8 months until you can experience  the insatiable thrill of hunting whitetails. There were so many amazing hunts this season. When I was not seeing deer, I was seeing hogs and I have to admit with three deer and three hogs down all with clean shots,  I have a lot to be happy about.   Since deer season drew to a close, I’ve had a great duck hunt and, I have a quail hunt on my schedule for February.  So yes, I have moved on and I finally can clearly see that I can and need to control this impassioned desire to hunt.   After all, it is only a couple of months till my “other love” rolls around… turkey hunting! Like deer season, turkey season has a way of gripping you like a viper on a mouse.  When you are not in the woods, you are thinking about it.  When you are not thinking about it, you are asleep.  Now that I am no longer in denial of this impending problem, I am going to be very careful not to repeat the same pattern I had with deer hunting.   I promise I will not become that hard to recognize shadow of a person who looks more like a tree than a human.  I assure you my friends, I’ll be there for you when you need me and that is not just turkey talk! Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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My Huntingmoon
Dec29

My Huntingmoon

  Did I mean honeymoon? Well, maybe! Four years ago, we were all set to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary on December 9th at The Cloisters in Sea Island , Georgia where we first honeymooned that beautiful December day so long ago. We were to leave on Thursday for a relaxing long weekend. I had been thinking about the trip to the resort and early in the week, I blurted out to my husband that I would really love to go deer hunting instead. His mouth dropped and he said, “Are you kidding…you want to give up a five star resort with a non-refundable deposit to go deer hunting?” “YES!”, I said “I really do.” He was quick to start surfing the internet to see if we could find a last minute hunting destination that could accommodate us. Sure enough since it was not peak season, we were able to book into a world class hunting spot in St. George, SC at Deerfield Plantation. My husband made sure it was ‘female friendly” and they assured us that they had a very nice cabin would be available to us. So, I traded a luxury suite for a cabin, sighting in my gun instead of spa treatments, food plots instead of flowers, hunting boots instead of heels, southern home cooking instead of five star dining, sitting in a deer stand instead of sitting by the pool, getting up at 4 am instead of lounging until late, and wearing long johns instead of lingerie! You get the picture, but I could not be happier! Our cabin was perfect: rustic, inviting, and cozy! We were very happy sipping wine by the fireplace and catching up on how the past 30 years had flown by in a blink of an eye! We raised 3 wonderful children and now could spend time together that was just “us” time. Best of all, we were spending time doing something we both love. We especially were grateful that we could find enjoyment in simple pleasures such as the beauty that nature offers us and preparing beautiful meals from the bounty we have harvested. We sat together on every hunt (after all, it was our anniversary) and had the best time. No, we were not exactly quiet or still. We cuddled to stay warm, listened to the owls howling in the pitch black and watched the sun wake up the woods with its first light. The brisk morning air was invigorating as we waited patiently to see a deer. Since December is not peak rut, we didn’t have high expectations. We were thrilled to see lots of turkeys strolling...

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Top 11 Deer Hunting Tips
Oct30

Top 11 Deer Hunting Tips

Leave all your jewelry at home. Nothing shiny and nothing noisy. Minimize your make up especially mascara. Mascara makes your eyelashes too long to properly use the scope. I use unscented tinted moisturizer with sunscreen and eye liner just in case you end up in a photo. Deer have extremely good sense of smell. Eliminate as many odors from clothes and gear. There are tons of scent killers you can use including detergents and sprays for clothes and shoes. Check your stand for invaders such as wasps before you get comfortable. You will need a very thick cushion to sit on. I bought a RealTree  3 inch cushion from BassPro. This is very important because deer stands are made for men. Your torso is not as long as a man’s and you will not be at a good level to shoot. This particular cushion is very firm and will not lose its shape when you sit on it- it gets you at the perfect level to be able to shoot accurately. If you want maximum visibility, consider wearing a camo beanie instead of a ball cap. Wear gloves without fingers no matter how cold it is so you have the best feel on the trigger. Take a water bottle or drink that is not in one of those crackly containers that make a lot of noise. Take snacks that are easy to open and don’t make a lot of noise. I accidentally dropped my power bar which had gotten quite hard from the cold and the noise reverberated all over from the loud thump! Never go in or out of your tree stand with a loaded gun!  Make sure your gun has a sling so you can climb the stand easily or make sure that there is a rope tied to the blind for you to raise equipment. Know where everything is in your backpack.  Once you are settled in the stand and you have turned your flashlight off, it is pitch black.  You want to avoid turning on your flashlight during the important first hour before dawn. Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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The Beauty of Antlers!
Feb27

The Beauty of Antlers!

  European skull mounts have been very popular for years.  There are so many creative ways to bedazzle them, but for me, I appreciate them just the way they are.  My 9 point and my husband, Trippett’s 8 point look beautiful on our piano in our library.  So, for now, that is where they will stay. This is the perfect time of the year to get out in the woods and  find antler sheds.  Decorating ideas are endless. If you have a prized mount or shed, please  share your decorating ideas! Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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…AND THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT HUNTING.
Oct20

…AND THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT HUNTING.

Just back from an incredible deer hunting weekend in St. George, SC. Although I missed a shot near dark, the entire experience was memorable. I absolutely love the pristine forest, the twinkling stars of the pre-dawn skies and the unimaginable stillness you feel while in your stand. The piercing howls of the owls makes you realize how beautiful nature is and the privilege you have being a part of that. The weather was amazing as well as the fun stories shared by the hunters, the wonderful food and the hospitality from the whole staff at Deerfield Plantation. My favorite lunch was fried red brim, homemade french fries and rice with red gravy along with a side of frog legs.  It is also great when you  book the weekends where you see hunters you met at last year’s hunt and get to catch up on their lives.  Spending a weekend hunting with your husband is the best!  We love staying in “our little cabin” with all the comforts of home.  So happy that we are going back again in a couple of weeks!  … I can’t wait for my next adventure ….and that’s why they call it hunting! Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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