2011 Archery Season

Archery season is here for us in North Carolina. It’s always an exciting time, but its hart to be motivated to get in the tree stand when its 90° and humid. Regardless of the temperatures, I’ve been preparing and practicing.

I must have missed the memo, but apparently, the mosquitoes were having a blood drive yesterday. Since Hurricane Irene blew threw the eastern part of the state, they have been terrible! I was swatting all the way to the tree stand, and the first thing I did once I got up it, was turn on the ThermaCell. That thing works. I was apprehensive about every buying one, because I wasn’t sure if it would actually keep the bugs off, but it works wonders.

I got settled in the stand about 15 minutes before light. It was a great morning to be in the stand, watching the fog roll onto the cut-over behind me, and all the birds that wake up when the sun rises. I was excited to see a couple of blue jays. I’m no bird watcher, but it was the first time I’d seen any in years. After seeing about 40 doves feeding on the ground, I kind of wished I had decided to go dove hunting instead.  I’m not finished with the birds just yet.

Now, I’m bow hunting, so I’m wrapped up in camo from head to toe – and let me tell you, the stuff works. I had a red tail hawk almost land on the rail of the tree stand I was in. I saw him throw his feet out to grab the ledge so I jerked my head over, because I didn’t really want those talons in my face, and it freaked that bird out. Haha, He stopped as fast as he could and lit onto the branch above me. He looked down, paced around, and sort of clucked as he tried to figure out what had just happened.  That was pretty much the highlight of my morning. I had to send a tweet about it.

I left the stand with a full quiver, but it was a beautiful morning. Hopefully I’ll get an opportunity soon.

Here are some photos of my practice shots….and my robin hood arrow, along with those I took yesterday morning.

For those wondering, here’s my gear list

Archery Gear:

Other Gear: