When I started hunting over twenty years ago, preparing for the season meant looking for rubs and scraps. Now I wouldn’t just go traipsing around the woods looking for signs but I would keep my eyes open as I walked to my stand. Now a days almost everyone has a camera in the woods looking to capture the “big” one. We started putting out trail cameras a couple of years ago and mostly after the season.
This is the first year that we have put a few cameras out before we have started to get out in the woods. We put a few salt licks out in late spring and then the cameras out in late summer. We have gotten lots of doe pictures, a few coyotes, a bob cat and an armadillo. The picture above is of a buck that we have seen a few times. Will we see this buck when we are in the woods? In my opinion, maybe or maybe not.
The positive thing about having a picture or two of a nice buck is knowing that they are out in the area. I think it will make us get out on the stand when it is rainy and cold or sit a little longer than we normally would have sat. Do you use cameras to start your scouting in your area? If so, how often have you harvested that animal the same year. We have started to name the different bucks, 4×5 funky rack, 4×5 tall guy and 4×4 guy. (not real imaginative…)
Check back here over the next few months to see if we have seen these bucks we have caught on camera in the woods.
So I told the hubby that I would spend the day with him. What did he want to do? Of course, he wanted to go to the woods. He wanted to pull a wooden ladder stand, check his maple buckets and put out some minerals to see what deer were moving through a particular wooded area using a trail camera.
Well over the years we have had quite a few adventures together. We have been stuck in the woods when the truck couldn’t get traction. We have seen fawns in the summer when tracking through the woods. The one thing I have learned over the years, is to be prepared. I never go into the woods with Paul in the off-season without a cell phone, camera and recently my ipod touch. The cell phone is of course to call someone to come and get us. The camera is to document the events and or adventures. The ipod touch is to amuse me if we are stuck for a long, long time.
Today wasn’t to bad. The 24-year-old truck wouldn’t start when we close to a mile into the woods. Of course going into the woods, he pointed out where he had gotten stuck last week in the newer truck. (such comfort.) After a few minutes, the old truck did start-up. I convinced him to keep the truck idling while we (I mean he) loaded the wooden ladder stand into the truck. I never know what will happen but I always know that I will have a story to tell. I wonder what story I will be telling next time…..
I read in the Georgia Outdoor Magazine December issue about two guys that found a deer which had fallen down a well. They were scouting and heard something thrashing around at the bottom of a forty-foot well. They used a flashlight to see down the well and saw that it was a buck.
They tried to pull the buck up using a rope around the antlers. (I’m sure that hurt the poor guy!) That was unsuccessful so they just grabbed the antlers bare-handed and pulled him up. According to the story, the buck once he was out of the well just laid there a few minutes stunned. He eventually wandered off after stumbling a little. He then ran off.
I am one who likes to deer hunt. Many people have the idea that people who hunt enjoy the harvesting of the animal. Many folks who hunt actually enjoy the time out in the woods watching the relationship between the variety of things in nature.
In the past year, I have continued to study leadership. I strongly believe that there is a big difference between leadership and management. There are many things that leaders must possess in order to be successful. Some of these things, I believe are God-given and others are a learned behavior. This past year while deer hunting, I discovered that there are many things that hunting which can teach me about leadership.
One of the biggest things I need to learn to be a better leader is to reflect. I have been working on this in one aspect of my life which is my time with God. I set aside time each morning to read my bible and then to have a quiet prayer time to reflect about what is going on in my life and what God is speaking to me through his Word. I still need to find time at work to reflect daily on what is going on in regards to my work life. Deer hunting is a great way to learn how to reflect. You spend many hours alone in the woods where you can reflect about your life and your success and failures in the woods. Another aspect of reflecting with deer hunting is thinking about what you could have done differently to be more successful every time.
Deer hunting, for me, is a great way to remember that every action has a consequence. This year I saw the biggest buck I have seen in the woods while hunting. I first saw a doe come down the hill from some thick brush. A few minutes later, the biggest buck I ever saw came down the hill following her. I drew my gun in my excitement and shot. The buck ran off and to my dismay, I did not bring the buck down. In reflecting on this situation, I learned several things. One is that I should have waited a few minutes later to insure I had a good shot. A second thing, was that because I was so excited, I didn’t think of the consequences by not making sure I had a good shot and lost the buck of a lifetime.
For me the best thing that I can do to become a better leader is to examine myself in my strengths and weakness. (Knowing that always using your strengths can turn them into a weakness.) I try to examine myself in all aspects of my life and learn or hone skills that I think I need to improve as a leader. Deer hunting while a hobby of mine gives me an opportunity to improve my leadership skills.