In case there is anyone who hasn't noticed it is summertime. Complete with rain and humidity making for some uncomfortable days. We are a lot better off than a lot of the country, like the southwest where they desperately need the rain. So thank God for what we have and let's carry on like we have good sense. It is also time for deer hunters to start making preparations for the coming season that is bearing down on us.
To emphasize that fact the 2021 Texas Trophy Hunters Association's Hunters Extravaganza Show opens in Houston from August 6-8 at NRG Center. This is going to be the 45th annual Hunters Extravaganza and where you can see the biggest and best in camo, blinds, feeders, ATVs, optics, game calls, and much more. As usual, the world’s most premier outdoor outfitters and guides will be there.
Seeing as archery season is the first whitetail season that opens let's take a look at some of the things bow hunters should be doing at this time in the way of preparations.
As you begin to do your scouting of the area where you plan to hunt, it is a good idea to use deer scent eliminator when you enter the woods to keep the man smell down. There is no point in getting them jumpy and possibly moving to somewhere else this early.
Camouflage is almost a necessity for archery hunters because of how close your shots are. As you shop for, or get out last years camo clothing, it is an added asset to make sure it blends in to the vegetation or terrain in which you will be hunting.
If you are planning to wear your East Texas vegetation camo to hunt in South Texas, you probably aught not bother. The whole purpose is to help you blend in to the surroundings, so instead of wasting money on the wrong camo you might as well wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans. Another couple of easily forgotten items are gloves and face mask, so double check that they make it into the field with you.
Another item it is good to have especially if you are new to hunting is and accurate range finder. For use in hunting with a bow it is not necessary to have one of the new and improved models that profess to give you accurate readings up to a mile away. But whatever you have needs to be accurate in the range it gives you.
Broadheads that fly true, cut deep and quickly dispatch the animal are what is demanded, so do not try to go cheap in this product. Do your homework. Talk to many archers and find someone in a real specialized Archery Shop (not a discount store) and talk to someone who knows what they are talking about. It is also important to carry extras just in case, because you never know what will happen in the field.
You can take a look at the jungle like appearance of the East Texas woods that has come with the sun and rain and see why the eastern part of Texas was always known as “The Big Thicket,” all of the way to the Louisiana border. Much of that has been, and is being, mindlessly destroyed by greed, but labeled “The Progress of Man”.
However, where you will be hunting will probably be in a more natural habitat and a folding saw, pruning shears, or at least a heavy duty folding knife to help make undergrowth changes in your field of fire. A pencil size limb can cause a deviation to the flight path of a bolt or arrow, so why take a chance of having your arrow or bolt miss the target or a stopping shot turned into a wound that requires you to have to track down a wounded deer.
Archery season opens October 3, this year in most of the state, so it will more than likely still be hot. Knocks can loosen anytime and in the heat the probability increases. Therefore it is always a good idea to keep some knock glue with you in the field.
Sight adjustments may need to be made and can require an Allen Wrench, and it is always a good idea to carry one with you in your pack.
An extra bow release is also a good item to carry with you with you in your pack. A hunt can come to an end real quickly is your bow release breaks on you. They are small and light so there is more potential benefits to having a spare with you than not.
Those are a few specifics that should be tended to now. To be absolutely ready for the coming season a person should completely go over all of their archery equipment and accessories during this preseason period to make sure everything needed is there and in perfect operating order. Once that is done and all of your accessories, bows, arrows and strings are in first class shape then it is time to hit the range and shoot, shoot, shoot.