It’s only about a month away from the opening of our whitetail season. I’ve been shooting quite a bit, but it’s been hard to get into the hunting frame of mind with the weather being as warm as it has been. I do know I won’t be hunting till we start getting nights down into the 50’s. That might not happen till early October around here.
What has everyone else been doing during these dog days?
Just got back from my week in the Colorado highlands. Dang it was hot, even at 10000 feet. Whew! Those Grouse were sweating as much as I was, I think
Here's what the grouse looked like on the loose:
Here's what they look like after laughing so hard they die of a heart attack:
And here's what they look like after I got bored with being completely lost and decided that screaming and crying like a little girl wasn't much fun either. Then I decided to give running in sheer panic a try before falling over an aspen log and passing out. Then I decided to wake up from my nap in the presence of my hunting partner who was shaking me and asking if I was alright. To which I responded: "what's up, you lost? bout time you got here so we can head back to camp for supper. Why don't you lead the way so I can make sure you know how to get back to camp."
I covered the whole thing up with foil and let it slow cook for a couple hours. George Dickle helped us pass the time with his Barrel Select single batch whiskey. Thanks George!
Still camping in CO., but moving back up to Cheyenne end of month. Doing a lot of kayak fishing. Also training for back country elk hunt in Wyoming Range in September. Shooting both my Berry north stars exclusively for the hunt.
My season starts with the opener of rabbit season, hoping for cool weather. I have been training my beagle. He is a super athlete at 7months old. I have been leash training him, I do not want him to be a super runner. The one issue, he points pheasants very well.
I and Sailor start the CO season on 9/2. I've been reconditioning arrows. Adjusted the side quiver for a little more length. Been doing a little scouting and set out a few trail cameras. So far on camera ive got deer, elk, moose and mama bear with two cubs. I was mostly looking for moose since the grandson drew a cow moose tag. I'm more excited about that than my own season 🤣
I haven't picked a bow yet. I sold all my bows over the last few months and don't have time to build one for the opener so probably going to be a vintage Howatt Cavalier.
Season starts here pretty soon. Can tell, archery range packed wit vehicles like a 3 D shoot. But it doesn’t feel like hunting season here either, to blasted hot. Even up in the mountains with the rains we have had . If things work out I hope to catch the late season at least one weekend. I will know more after I see the orthopedic guy
Been hiking with a progressively heaver pack, just incase.
The thought of bagging an Elk and having to hump it out of the woods, scares me into action!
There were 7 deer in our green beans last night. I love green bean flavored deer. Season opens here in September. I usually start hunting when the season opens but am not too often successful till mid October.
Shooting my bow, prep'n stands and blinds and scouting.
I feel the same way Sam. Even though our season opens early Septembe, I do deer hunt that early. I may take my bow to the woods for squirrel in September, but start deer hunting in earnest around the third week of October. When I lived in Michigan I started October 1, but by then we usually already had a couple frosts and things had cooled off enough that you could arrow one at dusk and retrieve it the next morning without worrying about the meat spoiling.
I have been shooting quite a bit in spite of the heat. I haven't practiced enough, but I don't handle heat well. A few days ago, I had my second Covid booster. The damn thing made me feel as bad as when I actually had covid. I feel good enough now that I think I can shoot, but the heat is still a factor. I still have work to do getting a couple of stands checked out. Early season is just not as exciting as it was when I was younger. I liked things a lot better when the season opened later.
Elk season starts 9/2 and I am way behind. Spent the last 6 weeks sailing the San Juan Islands in Washington so the focus every day from now on is getting my shooting back in form.
Just re-read a couple short books tonight. “Hitting em like Howard Hill”, by John Schulz and ”Shooting the Longbow“, by Dick Palmer
Doing a little bowfishing. Still shooting some with a few friends. Time before last, it was 103F when we shot but we had a nice breeze.
The season started last week in Florida. I like to wait until late September when it starts to cool down. Wish everyone good luck!
Been taking advantage of our Sun City Sportsman Club indoor range. It’s air conditioned. We can practice up to 30 yards but usually 20 yards. Been going 3 times a week plus going to outdoor range on Sunday morning. Season starts soon but I am not participating until I get my leg pain fixed. Reading the report from my MRI I may not make this season.