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Why Is It?…

…why is it that I find myself placing tree stands on September 15, opening day of Nebraska’s Archery Deer Season, when I promised myself I would have it done at least a week before season this year?…

…why is it that after a thorough search of the area the only tree I can find to hang my tree-stand in is a honey locust that is covered in thorns? – there is just too much deer sign to walk away!…

…why is it that despite my better judgement I begin to remove the thorns so I can begin to place my climbing sticks? – they seem to come off pretty easily

…why is it that, after 45 minutes, these dang thorns seems to be growing faster than I can cut them off?…

…why is it that, after 60 more minutes, I am now taking this thorn-removal process as a challenge to my deer hunting prowess?…

…why is it that, after 35 more minutes, I have the tree 98% cleared but I keep “finding” the remaining 2% with my fingers and arms?…

…why is it that, 2 1/2  hours later, when the task is accomplished and I am leaving the area I notice a beautiful silver maple 15 yards away in an even better spot?…

…why is it that I love this sport so dang much?…

hershy

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NEW Feature – Insight to Archery Deer Hunting

…Sept 15 is the opener of the Archery Deer Season in the great state of Nebraska – which also happens to mark the start of the 15th year for the Mentored Youth Archery Program (MYAP) which connects young Bow Hunter Education graduates with certified Mentors & Bowhunter Education Instructors for an entire archery deer season…this program has become the envy of other state wildlife agencies and organizations as we are seeing past participants of this program not only continue hunting but also pursue other outdoor-related & natural resource professions and some have even become certified Bowhunter Education Instructors themselves…

…to give you a better glimpse into this program – and the fun of deer hunting in Nebraska – we have several young archers that will be blogging from time to time about their experiences in the field…now for these hunters MYAP got started several weeks ago with preparations for the hunt including scouting, target shooting, hanging stands and more target practice…we hope you enjoy their insight into this challenging and yet rewarding pursuit of the white-tailed deer…these hunters give us all reasons to get pumped up for this year’s hunting season, and a look at our future conservationists…enjoy…

hershy

Teal Tips

…teal season is almost here and it appears decent numbers of these small webbed-footed birds are making use of our Nebraska waters…teal hunts can provide some fast-paced action that takes place in some of the most “alive” habitats – even when the shooting is slow there is often still plenty to see and hear…teal season may be just days away but there is still time to get out and join the fun…for the newer teal-chaser here are some thoughts to help you on your way…

* Find the Food:  Teal feed on wetland plants & these (non-diving) ducks are small so they need shallow water areas to feed in…focus your scouting & hunting on the small water and don’t over look a good nearby mud-flat either…

Avoid the Sunny Side:  Looking into the sun is never fun when trying to connect on a twisting teal…worse yet it can make identification of your target extremely difficult & id is critical during this special hunt  (only blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal may be harvested)…so keep the sun to your back whenever setting up…

* Late can be Great!:  Evening hunts during teal season can be very productive as the birds shuffle around the wetland one last time before the end of shooting hours at sunset…

Brown it Down:  Most teal (as well as other ducks, too) are still in their eclipse plumage at this time of year, which means they are brown…to help replicate this use mostly hen decoys in your spread…include hen mallards for size as they can be easier to see in areas with lots of vegetation…

* Make Some Motion:  Early season wetlands can be very calm thanks to the still living vegetation found in them – this won’t help your spread of fakes…add some motion with use of  a jerk string, spinning wing decoy or simply kicking your feet in the water…

* Eat & Drink!:  What waterfowl hunt does get even better when you add food?…teal season can mean some warm weather, too – especially when you jump into your neoprene waders…so be sure to have something to cold to drink…  

* Scout Some More:  The length & timing of  the teal season means a good chance that new flights of teal will make their way into your hunting areas – so be sure to scout around for the best locations and new birds…keep an eye on even the smallest of weather fronts coming from the north…

hershy

Trail Cam

…as mentioned last winter I am the proud owner of a trail camera (or two) now and I am putting them to use for some pre-season scouting…I have not learned the best methods of their use quite yet but from time to time get a picture that shows an honest-to-goodness deer on it…this past weekend my son and daughter helped retrieve one of the them and we enjoyed viewing several dozen photos of the farmer’s cows and one picture of a deer – I do believe it is a male…

hershy

The ‘If’s’ of Dove Hunting

if things go the way I imagine them – I will be feasting on the grilled, fruits of my dove hunting labor at this time in exactly seven days…but there are a lot of “if’s” that need to be addressed prior to that time – for example:

if my scouting pays off I will have zeroed in on the location of some dove-concentrating habitat such as a watering, feeding or loafing area – I prefer food in the morning, loafing in the midday and water/food at night…I hope the doves do, too

if  the doves are there I  hope they decide to fly when I am ready for them – hidden behind the bush in my camo & not when I am sipping my soda, eating my snack or ridding myself of the morning coffee I drank on the way to the field

if they fly in range of my beretta I hope my pre-season practice has been sufficient – the only thing more humbling than trying to connect with a dove, is the next dove

if my wingshooting is up-to-par I hope the birds keep flying until I have enough for dinner – usually I am one-box of shells short of a meal

if this does all come together I will need more shotgun shells – I hope Leslie brings enough!

hershy

September To-Do (Right Now!) List

…where has Summer gone!?…what did I do with all the time I had to get ready for this year’s hunting seasons?…if you haven’t noticed we are staring the month of September square in the face and that means just  days to ready ourselves for the initial onslaught of some of the fastest-paced hunting of the season…here’s my list of things I must accomplish immediately!…

Dove Season (September 1 – Only 12 Days Away)

  • Shoot Some Blue Rock
  • Get HIP #
  • Buy More Shotgun Shells
  • Obtain Jalapeños & Cream Cheese – Ready Grill
  • Scout Pastures, Water Spots & Sunflower Patches

 Teal Season (September 4 – Only 15 Days Away)

  • Shoot More Blue Rock
  • Dust off Decoys
  • Check Waders for Leaks
  • Scout Shallow Water Areas & Flooded Fields
  • Purchase State & Federal Waterfowl Stamps

 Archery Deer (September 15 – Just 26 Days Away)

  • Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Purchase some Season Choice Deer Permits
  • Shoot 3D’s at the N-100 (Camp Calvin Crest near Fremont)
  • Hang Stands
  • Scout river bottoms and wooded corridors
  • Buy makings for Venison Jerky

 Prairie Grouse (September 18 – Just 29 Days Away)

  • Shoot Still More Blue Rock
  • Obtain my East Zone Grouse Permit
  • Work Bird Dog
  • Scout mixed grassy areas with food – rose hips, hoppers and cropfields
  • Plan a Prairie Grouse Camping Trip with Family & Friends

hershy

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