Sunday, September 20, 2009

Making Final Preparations

Saturday, I made a trip to the hunting lease to put the finishing touches on my stand sites. Archery season starts October 3rd, and I primarily wanted to make sure all of my treestands were to my liking before opening day. So I double-checked that they were all safely secured to their respective tree and that the ratchet straps holding them up were still in good condition. I also installed a hook to hang my backpack and a bowhanger at each site. Finally, I sat in each stand and looked to see what limbs needed to be trimmed to provide better shot opportunities, and removed them accordingly.

Of course I also checked my game cameras and replaced batteries and memory cards. Here are a few recent pics.

This could possibly be the largest boar I have ever gotten a picture of! Check out those cutters!

Here is a decent 9-point buck that has done a real good job evading my cameras all summer. This is only my second picture of him this year.

I thought this next series of pictures was pretty funny. Looks like there was a standoff between the feral hogs and this cow as to who was going to get to eat the acorn-flavored salt block in front of the camera.





This was one of my favorites from the homemade game camera.

Last year I missed all of archery season because I was helping out with Hurricane Ike recovery efforts in the Houston/Galveston area. Hopefully this hurricane season will continue to be a quiet one and I can be in a treestand on opening morning.

4 comments:

Albert A Rasch said...

Those are some fine photos Rob, that Boar looks like a good one to look for, but some of those sows might make for better eating.

Bets regards,
Albert
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wandering owl said...

With all of the work you put in, I sure hope you get a chance to use your stands!

Good luck and I'm looking forward to reading a post or two of your harvest!

Rick Kratzke said...

Those are some great pictures. That boar in the first one is HUGE.

native said...

Excellent work Rob!
Got my heart poundin' and excited to want to be there!