This time of year is the time for putting the fall hunting season preparations into place, clearing and planting food plots, cutting limbs on the way to the stand, creating multiple paths to the stand, getting the camp fixed and ready for a new season and getting trail cameras out to track your deer herd. All these things are important and given the pleasant summer weather of 100+ degrees, it is just as important to keep and eye on not getting overheated. Prevent this by taking plenty of breaks, having water and some kind of an electrolyte sports drink (Gatorade, Powerade or Advocare's Rehydrate). They will replenish what you sweat out of your body and keep you hydrated.
With the growing popularity of cell phones, the cellular coverage areas have dramatically expanded. They may be a hassle, but keeping your phone on you in case of emergencies while you're out working on your hunting land is very important. They are great for calling for help if and accident happens or also keeping and eye on the weather.
Here's a starter check-list of things to get done before season starts. There's always more to get done, but this should at least get the ball rolling.
- Check/place trail cameras
- Check/build stands
- Clean trails to stands
- Soil test food plots and maintain
- Camp work (clean, fix, etc.)
- Check all hunting equipment
- Bows are sighted in and maintained properly
- Arrows are all fletched and sighted in with broadheads
- Rifles are sighted in
- Camo still fits and is in good shape
- Packs are in good shape
- Map property for possible new stand locations
- Spend time on the property
Good luck getting everything done and stay safe!