I mark the passing of my year not by the last day on the calendar as father time would have me do, but instead by the first day of deer season. I plan the work on my farm (and the other obligations of my life), to peter out (or at least be less demanding of my day), come the second week in September.
It is a melancholy time for me as I look back on the fun I had with family and friends through the spring and summer. My kids are away at school and I miss them. I know their time at home will be less now, with every passing year.
But I do have plans that help me anticipate the months to come. I will do most of my hunting around the farm, but I will venture into other states to chase the wily buck with dear friends. The first step in realizing all these hunting adventures near and far, begins with blowing the dust off my tack.
Today I got my possibles-bag in order while watching some Fred Bear videos. I thought I'd share a few pictures...
Possibles Bag (eastern configuration) Contents:
- Deer Drag
- Wire Bone Saw and Pouch with Spare Blade
- Petzl Head Lamp
- Rapala 4" Filet Knife and sheath
- TP & Tissue in Ziplock
- Bungee Cord
- Disposable Rubber Gloves
- Hammock Seat
Most of these items are self explanatory, save the bungee cord. I use the bungee cord to hold one of the deer's legs against a tree so I can get to work on him (or her).
I changed out my headlamp last year to take advantage of the headlamp I used on my Appalachian Trail through hike that my son and I took. Look at the difference in size from my old cabella's head lamp and my new headlamp. The strap retracts into the back of headlamp. It is more comfortable, brighter, and has a red light as well.
That little headlamp spent 6 (almost ) hard months of rain and shine getting used twice daily. In the morning for 30 minutes or so to make coffee and oatmeal, and again in the evening to make supper and read for an hour before the Aleve kicked in and let me sleep.
And here is the possibles bag all closed up and ready for the fun times to come.
Now it's time to sharpen broadheads. Next Saturday is opening day around here. Happy New Year!