Deer season is coming down to the wire, and it makes me feel like I am in a tournament. I am persistent and optimistic, and have seen some big boys out. I have put more hours in a tree stand this year than I ever have before. I would guess about 150 hours total! Regardless, I love doing it, and it is one of the best ways to learn about and enjoy mother nature.
So far, I think the weather has been my worst enemy. It hasn't really got too cold yet, and there is no snow on the ground. If the temps would drop down into the 20s consistently, those deer would be hitting the food fields hard, and I might have a little bit better chance. I think right now they are still recuperating from the rut, and here before too long they will start moving again and working in more predictable patterns. I do enjoy hunting the late season, but this season has been so strange and strung out that the late season hunting strategies are not yet effective. What makes it worse is that it seems like everyone else has shot a good buck but me... I mean, I've got more picture messages of good bucks this season than ever before! Come one guys, stop rubbing it in!
Now I am really getting ready for the 2011 fishing season, and next week will be announcing a new sponsor! We are about 2 months away from the Classic, and I can't wait. My boat will be all ready in mid-january, and I plan on getting down to New Orleans a little early so I can go hit some other water ways, like the Atchafalaya Basin, to get myself geared up for the big tournament.
Now it's Christmas time, and I think I have just about all of my shopping done. I can't wait to spend Christmas day with the family, and I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for a white Christmas, so that maybe I can go kill a big buck in the snow the day after Christmas!