Summer Sweat

Posted by Scott Mensing | Posted in , , | Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Over the past couple of weeks, Bo and I have been busy scouting new properties, running trail cams, filming velvet, hanging stands, building blinds, fighting horrible cases of poison ivy, and everything else it takes to get ready for September 15.  We have a few new properties that we have been given permission to bow hunt this year and I think we'd forgotten just how much work it can be getting a new property ready for the season.  With all of the new properties, our resources are being maxxed out, especially tree stands.  So one thing that we've decided to do more of this year is building "natural" ground blinds.  We needed to cut down a few trees and numerous limbs for a couple stand setups so we simply used that debris to build ourselves a roomy, inconspicuous blind.  We still have a little bit more work to do on them, but they will be ready when season starts.

We've also been pretty busy keeping up with salt licks and trail cams.  This year's summer scouting has been difficult due to cameras being stolen or eating by squirrels, but we have managed to pick up pictures of half a dozen or so hit list bucks for the coming season.  We've been really happy with how the bucks have responded to the salt lick recipe we posted earlier and the wet weather in our area has kept them going strong.

But when we've had any free time at all in the evenings, we've been running out to properties close to the house to film some velvet and try get a slight edge on some of those giants before the Opener comes around.  We have been lucky enough to film a few different hit listers, but you'll have to wait for the Midwest Whitetail show in August to come out for that footage! 

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