If one doesn't deer hunt, he would never know how much effort takes place before the actual hunt. For me, it starts months before the season even opens, and then there's a chance I might not hunt for weeks after that.
Within the next couple of weeks, just about every state will have opened their bow season for deer. These weeks are always some of the most exciting times for those of us who are anxious to get back into the tree stand after several months off.
The government gives us statistics on the participation of hunting and fishing. The numbers that come from the federal government only include those sixteen and older, while each state will refine the number down to every license sold.
Even though it's still summer, the deer hunters are getting prepared for another season. While it may be a few weeks until the season opens, there is much to do in order to be ready for opening day - especially if you hunt with a bow.
One of the aspects I dislike about hunting and fishing is getting ready for the first day. Whether it's the first turkey hunt of the year or the first deer hunt, there's always the need to make sure nothing is forgotten on that opening day.
I can remember my first solo deer hunting trip. I sat in a maple tree that was only about 50 yards from an oak tree that was flooded with acorns. The path to that oak made its way right under my tree stand.