Earlier this month I posted about the frustrating situation I and my hunting buddies are having with our landscape nursery hunting location. I was about to write off the place as not even worth hunting. When I am not comfortable with the security of my equipment, I can’t fully enjoy my hunting experience and be in my ‘happy place’. The bottom line is: until I purchase my own land with high, electrified fences, topped with razor wire and surrounded by a moat full of crocodiles and sharks with laser beams attached to their heads, I’ll never have the perfectly secure hunting spot .
After spending a lot of time hunting from a climbing stand during the Concept Archery 2nd Annual Hunt, I decided that I should make a climbing stand part of my regular arsenal. I had casually used them over the years. I own one that is less than convenient to use. So I casually window shopped for a decent stand over the next week after the hunt. Then, just a few days ago, I took a stroll back through the landscape nursery with my buddy Mike. We were just going to check out the remaining stands and see if any more damage was done. We didn’t find any more damage, but we did find some fantastic and fresh buck sign! I immediately started to put two and two together. While we scouted around for sign, I also scouted for nice, straight, climb-able trees in key spots. And the trees were there. These encouraging developments caused me to call my brother and strategize our next few outings together. It’s the end of October and now is the time to be out in the woods all the time. I am not going to let these vandals, thieves, and otherwise unsavory characters ruin a good hunting spot for me. When the damage and theft started occurring, I initially wanted some sort of revenge. Fight fire with fire. Of course that never happened because it is really not in my character…well, and probably because I haven’t gotten my hands on the perpetrators. But with my new routine, I will definitely fight fire with a climber.