Friday, August 27, 2010

The Lad Has Changed His Mind...

...or so it seems right now. That change of mind means I will likely be going on my deer scouting trip all alone. Hmm, that sounds good for the bears and not for me. Well, I'll have a good time anyhow - go for a hike, look for game and game sign, watch out for hungry bears, have lunch in the woods, watch out for hungry bears, enjoy the fresh air, maybe take a snooze under a majestic oak or swaying pine, keep an eye open for hungry bears, perhaps go fishing or catch some crayfish (mm delicious when steamed like lobster but man oh man does it take a lot of them to equal even a small lobster). It will be a day that will make someone else wish he had come along, as long as I am not eaten by a hungry bear.

All the best,
Glenn B

A Scouting We Will Go

No - not boy scouting - deer scouting. Brendan and I will be driving upstate this weekend for a day in the woods. We need to find ourselves a good place to hunt this coming season. Regular deer season starts in November so that means we are getting a pretty early start with things this year, as we should be doing. Around this time of the year, the bucks should have some fairly good sized antlers. So if we happen to run a cross a real monster buck with a big rack now - you can bet we will be going back to the same spot every couple of weeks to try to figure out his routine; better yet will also be trying to figure out the routine of the does in the area. Come November any routine that a buck follows now will be pretty much a faint memory in that buck's mind. What will be on his mind, just about every second of his waking day, will be mating. So - knowing where the does are will be quite helpful in finding a buck. Even if that does not work for us, we both have doe permits.

This weekend I am going to make sure to take a can of pepper spray with me - just in case we run across a bear like the one(s) that left all that bear sign I saw last week. If nothing else, it will give the bear a well seasoned meal and make the bear's leavings smell like pepper. Hopefully any bear encounter(s) we have won't get that bad for us and if we need the pepper spray it will do its magic and deter any hungry bruin boars or protective sows with cubs. Of course, if we find more piles of bear droppings, well that will be a good sign. It will mean that a bear or bears ares still in the area. If we are lucky enough to see one we will try to get pics. We will also be hopeful to figure out its routine so we get to see him again this fall because bear meat steaks are absolutely delicious. Of course, he is probably thinking the same thing about fat man steaks! I am sure if it came down to it, Brendan could run much faster than me, so I'll carry the pepper spray and the pistol.

All the best,
Glenn B