As we head into the September bow season, things in the field have changed radically since last season. The increased rainfall has made the field conditions extremely difficult mainly because of the mosquitoes and the standing rain. Here are some thoughts for the upcoming season as we heads into one of the most fun periods of the Fall.
I always concentrate a lot of my bow stands near water sources during the early season mainly because of the heat of Autumn. This season we have standing water everywhere. Water is lingering in most crop fields and rivers are over their banks. Water won’t be as much of a factor this Fall because deer have abundant water sources.
As this writer ages, I have been converting a lot of my portable stands into ladder stands which are hands down, much safer. They are a hassle to get up in a tree but once situated they do the job. Nowadays, the quality of the stands allow you to leave them up during the winter with not much wear and tear. As a bow hunter, I look to the ladder stands that don’t have the side arms allowing me to swing my bow freely.
Last season was a tough one for this writer as I never had the opportunities like I normally get. Because of the tough season, I have decided to change my tree stands and place them in completely new spots. We hunters have a tendency to get complacent and keep hunting the same spots year after year. The only way to change things for the better is to force yourself to experiment and try and make something happen. The stands I have placed recently are all on new areas of the properties I have hunted for decades. I feel good about this and think this complete change will work out. There is nothing worse than placing a bow stand and having doubts. You have to be confident.
Because of the heavy rainfall this summer, the foliage in the woods is unbelievable. Hanging stands now will allow you good foliage coverage but think ahead how your stand will work out when the leaves drop. Always think ahead when placing your stand and not only think about the present but also the future.