Check out the deer camp and make sure no vandals have tore anything up during the off season. Sometimes people will go to the camp and mess with stuff. One year a couple of sets of antlers were stolen, another year a shed was broke into and a chainsaw was stolen.
Scout the area where you want to hunt. With the drought this year, any place there is a waterhole will probably be a good location. There is a creek on the lease that almost always has water in it. I am thinking about setting up a ground blind on a hill that overlooks part of that creek. With the drought in its current state, I suspect anything that lives in the woods will be gathering around creeks that have water.
Oak trees – I am wondering how the drought is going to affect this years acorn crop. The oak tree in my front yard is loaded with small acorns, but they are dropping before they are mature. Its like the oak tree is stressed under the current drought.
Sight the rifle in. I need to get a scope mounted and fire off a few rounds pretty soon. The scope I am looking at is the Redfield 3-9X40. My longest shots are usually less then 125 yards, but in low light conditions. Those whitetail deer usually wait until the fading twilight to come out.
Get a new fishing and hunting license after August 31st.
Check the deer stands and make sure all of the wasp are gone.
Spend sometime on the treadmill so that I can walk the hills during the winter.
Get my cold weather clothing out and look it over.
Dig the skinning knife out and make sure its nice and sharp.
Check the existing deer stands for any damage. Sometimes the wind will blow the doors open and damage the hinges. Sometimes the stands will be blown over, and need to be stood back up.
At the end of October I need to pull my pit to the deer camp so we can cook on the opening weekend. Some of the guys will bring a roast, brisket, ribs, or even get a wild hog and cook up a huge meal on the first weekend of rifle season.
I am really looking forward to the 2011 – 2012 hunting season. Not only do I get out in nature, but hopefully we will get a break from this heat. The Texas summer this year has been really bad. Parts of Dallas spent close to 100 straight days above 100 degrees. Jasper and Newton counties have spent 3 or 4 months under a burn ban due to the lack of rainfall.
With the onset of winter, hopefully we will start receiving some rainfall. If these drought conditions persist into the summer of 2012, I do not know what we are going to do. Crops are failing, people are having to sell their livestock off, and we have had 3 or 4 forest fires in the Jasper Texas area.
Post your comments in this forum thread about my hunting season checklist.
Now for a random video about going out on the boat.