Final checkup with a week to go for archery season

Friday, Sept. 25: I made my last trip to the stand I will hunt on opening day. My last two visits there I’ve found a bear has made a chew toy out of my camera strap. Luckily the camera survived the bear’s visit and appears to be working fine. As for the strap, it’s 12 inches shorter than the day before.

The bear has also found the Lifeline on my ladder stand a short distance away. I’m guessing he thinks that his toy now as well. The rubber gaskets over the clips have been pulled off twice. I’m guessing there’s a chance he’ll make an appearance in the weeks to come.

I did take about a 300 yard walk from Stand 1 to Stand 2 and did a little preparation along the way. I have to walk over an area of shale to get to the second stand, so I’ve periodically moved the rock out of the way. When I walk on the rock, I sound like a mountain goat, so I thought I’d cut down on the noise.

I’d rather not announce to the deer I’m walking into their territory.

The cameras have not revealed much lately when it comes to mature bucks, which is a little disappointing. The season is fairly long and it’s the best time of year to be in the woods, in my opinion. My target practice has been better than usual, so hopefully I get an opportunity at a deer.

If not, I’ll settle for a quiet morning watching the sun rise.

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