Preparing for the Deer Hunt
it is November and in this part of the country that means getting ready for deer
season. The deer hunters are
complaining that it’s too warm for hunting and they are watching the weather,
hoping for a drop in temperature.
the folks around here there is, of course, the
pre-hunt ritual that occurs every year.
At least that is the case for our family. First of all, they go out with the brush hog (or is it bush
hog?) It’s some kind of hog that
you pull with the tractor. (Oh yes,
we had to trade tractors this year.
Why? I don’t really know
but I was told that it was of great necessity.)
As I write, they are out mowing brush to make it easy to get to the
hunting places on the farm.
next step is to check all the “No Hunting” signs placed on the fences all
around the farm to be sure they are all still there and readable.
We do this to make sure
strange people don’t get over on our land.
We hear about these strange people every year…people who don’t know
the difference between a cow and a deer. Most
of the folks around here prefer that these
people stay off of our farms. We
don’t have time to put orange vests on all of our animals.
Maybe pictures and names of various animals should be posted in the
public hunting campgrounds. You
know, flash cards depicting: “Cow”,
“Horse”, “Goat”, “DEER” etc. They
should probably be especially sure there is a picture of a human too, with an
emphasis caption: “Do Not
pre-hunting season preparation is that you spray purple paint on gate posts and
strategic places around the farm. For
those of you who don’t know, this is not some kind of voodoo ritual.
In Missouri anyway, purple paint means “no trespassing”.
Next, we get out the garlic….no, just kidding.
the deer stands must be checked to be sure all is in order.
A few days before season, guns are tested, knives sharpened, orange hats
and vests located. Of course, one of the big things you can’t forget is
“Food”. There is more than one
purpose for all those pockets in those hunting jackets and Mama usually keeps a
crock pot of chili or stew back at the house.
you plan to hunt, here are a few hunting tips from our family:
1. Remember to look behind you occasionally while on your stand.
Deer have been known to sneak up on you.
sitting on that log, never assume that the pretty vine brushing against your
face is harmless. (Can you say,
you have to go to the bathroom, be sure to refer back to tip number 2.
concerning bathroom, be sure your
rifle is within reach as deer seem to show up at the most inopportune times.
assume you “missed” the deer until you go look.
If you have a weak stomach, or have never field dressed a deer before, do
not eat a big meal before you hunt.
especially careful before deer season begins…people have been known to get so
excited about the hunt that they fall and break bones and ruin their deer
you get lost in the woods and make your way back to the truck, do not honk your
horn unless it’s an emergency. (The
running was hard on Grandpa after recent surgery that year)
straddle a deer when you are getting ready to field dress him unless you are
prepared to ride. (Yes, this really
happened to someone we all know and love)
I’m off to the store for more food and purple paint.
Pamela R. Blaine
November 4, 2000