This is the time of year that all of us really look forward to the hunting season. Just spend 5 minutes on Twitter and you can easily see that fact with all of the photos and comments being made about the approaching season. We look outside and can't see any of the physical signs that Fall is around the corner, but we begin to count the days and know it will come quickly. August is almost over and September will fly by. With this in mind, I begin to develop an inner panic that I am not ready for the hunting season.
I've been working tirelessly at the 63 acres the last few weekends and even took a couple of well earned vacation days. The main goal has been to get the Fall plots planted to provide that diversity that we strive so hard to give to the deer herd. We also make the final adjustments to buck beds, connecting trails, staging areas, and set tree stands. The sum of all of these activities helps us reduce pressure on the herd, especially the bucks that are as we speak beginning to turn from velvet to hard horn.
Andy Hayes is a devoted husband and father of 4 kids living in West Central Indiana. Outside of his family, his passion is hunting whitetails. He does not claim to be a professional hunter, but simply wants to share what he learns during his quest to improve whitetail habitat and hunt mature bucks.