It's been a slow couple of weeks for me in terms of deer hunting related activities. Since winter finally decided to show up I actually managed to get out snowmobiling two weekends in a row. It's hard to believe that the last two weekends were my first, and only, snowmobile trips of the winter but it hasn't exactly been a normal winter around here this year. Actually, it has hardly felt like winter at all.
As a person who enjoys all four seasons, this was a hard winter to swallow. We've had little to no snow at my house and even the normal snowbelt area's to our north have had a rough time getting consistent snow for us to go play in. The temperatures have been bouncing around as well, ranging from normal winter cold all the way up to sunny days in the 60's. This years winter has pretty much been a "winter" by name only for our area and has left a lot to be desired by those of us who enjoy a good, hard, winter.
I had been upset and holding out hope that winter would show up but in the last few weeks I have felt myself starting to go into spring mode more and more. I am over this winter and am ready for spring now, I have made the mental transition and am ready for the weather to warm and the green up to start. I've officially got spring fever!
For us, spring is when our deer season really gets going. We start with some good shed hunting and scouting on our property in late March or early April and we get our trail cams back out at some point in April as well. We also like to try and finalize our habitat/food plot plans and strategy's so we can get started on them as soon as possible.
This is one of our first pictures from last year, taken on April 10th.
It's also a good time of year to take care of any treestand moving or maintenance work that you have to do. Any shooting lanes that need to be cut or stand adjustments that need to be made can be handled now with no fear of disturbing the area in a way that will negatively effect your hunting. Often times the first year a stand is hung and hunted you realize that it needs to be moved just a touch to be much more effective. This is the time of year that we like to make those changes that we discussed and agreed upon last year.
Another perk of spring is that once the weather breaks it is a lot easier to get outside and get back into the routine of shooting your bow regularly. I will admit that I am not always the most consistent when it comes to shooting in the spring but after getting a new bow last summer I know that I need to get out and continue familiarizing myself with it. It's much easier to start in the spring and work your way towards the fall than it is to be rushing trying to get into shooting shape late in the summer.
Start consistently shooting your bow in the spring to assure you're on the mark come fall.
Another nice thing about the spring is that the increase in deer hunting related activities will lead to better topics, photo's and stories to share here in the blog. I try to keep it as interesting as possible during the winter but as things slow down it isn't always easy. As we move through the spring and into summer I will have many more topics available and will hopefully be able to provide some interesting and exciting entries.
As you can tell, I am looking forward to spring and getting started on the 2012 deer season. Opening day is still a long, long ways off but there is a lot to do to get ready. Hopefully this spring and summer will be as fun, and productive, as last year and our hard work will once again pay off in the fall.
Take care, and thanks for reading!