It’s 4 a.m. and your alarm blares in the stillness, unlike the normal day to day routine you wake up full of energy and raring to go. It’s opening day of deer rifle season, you have waited 350 days for your chance to hit the woods again. Your stand has been set up for a month, your feeders are working triple time, and there is a huge buck that has made several dawn appearances on your trail cams. Your truck is loaded down with all your gear, you packed last night and triple checked your list. Five minutes of dressing and you are off, cruising down the road to that spot you have spent all year perfecting, shooting lanes, food plots, feeders, stands for every single direction the wind could blow from have been tweaked and tuned, all it is missing is you and your rifle. The perfectly cleared path to your stand doesn’t give you any trouble and you slip in under the cover of darkness without even snapping a twig.
Finally you are set in your stand and the sky brightens almost imperceptibly as shooting time creeps closer and closer. You can already see a few small bucks out chasing, but they aren’t the ones you are looking for. Finally that little green screen on your watch tells you that if you decide to squeeze the trigger it will be legal. Deep down the excitement is churning through your insides but on the outside, you sit completely motionless except for your ever scanning eyes.
Just as the sun breaks the horizon, you see some movement from the corner of your eye and you hear that deep grunt of a mature buck ring through the dawn quiet. The anticipation as you listen to him move closer, and you slowly turn yourself to look down the shooting lane. There he is, that monster buck that’s been the star on your cams for the past few weeks, slowly strutting right out into the open, presenting you with a beautiful broadside shot. You watch this majestic beast in awe for a few moments before you settle down to take the shot, you can feel the slight shake in your hands, and you take a deep breath and let it out to steady yourself as you take aim. A slow steady squeeze and the shot rings through the air. Your target kicks once before starting to bound away. Just as he clears the brush on the other side of the clearing you hear a loud crash, your prey has fallen. Shaking you start out of your stand, and make your way over to the spot where he vanished from your sight, there is good blood with lots of bubbles in it leading right up to the brush line. You push through and see that thick bodied brute laying limply on the ground, he ran a whole forty yards before he fell. Today was a good day, and tomorrow, well tomorrow could be even better.
This is what every hunter dreams his opening day is like, trophy buck, perfect weather, and a perfect shot. Sadly without the prep time you aren’t going to get this kind of day. This is and example, even if it is an imaginary scenario, of what it takes to cultivate an area. The hunter spent the entire year, scouting, trimming, planning, and enacting a routine to draw deer in, keep them on his land, and make sure that he could hunt his spot in any given situation. His gear was packed with care and ready and his stands were maintained and in place long enough that the changes in surrounding didn’t spook the deer. His rifle sighted in and his ammo was good so when he did squeeze off that round he hit that perfect shot. For all of you who think deer hunting is just something that hunters do for a couple weeks out of the year you are wrong, hunting is a passion and successful hunters usually take different steps all year long to make sure when they hit the stand that they will have the highest chances of harvesting a trophy or meat for the fridge. They visit their local outdoor sporting good stores and purchase supplies, get information about wildlife, and monitor the weather. True there is some luck involved but the more preparation you do the less luck you need. So make sure you are up to date, gear in top shape, and have everything you need by coming out to see us! (We can’t guarantee a big buck we can help you increase your chances on taking one if he shows up!)