August 18, 2008
Countdown to Deer Season: How Do You Kill the Time?
By Scott Bestul
I cursed at a trail camera
the other day. Had it out for five days in an area where I knew a good
buck lives and, when I plugged the memory card into my computer, 34
of the forty images were black. I spent a day being mad at the camera.
Checked the batteries, banged my card-reader on my desk. Even tried
to photo-shop a couple of the black holes into visibility. Nada.
Then I realized I hadn’t
programmed the thing correctly. I’d accidentally programmed it out
of flash mode, a move that naturally renders a trail cam useless when
deer are most likely to show. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Deer
season is a little over a month away and I’m a wreck. Doing lots of
busy little prep-things that don’t amount to squat; counting tree
steps, taking a stand inventory, marking arrows that need repair….Just
lots of busy work I convince myself is important, but what amounts to
little more than pacing the floor. And, as the camera-thing illustrates,
probably not doing much of anything very well.
So what about you? How do bide
time as you count the days? Last weekend, I accepted an invite to take
a deer drive with one of my buddies on property he manages for his employer.
The place resembled a whitetail zoo; we glassed close to 50 bucks (including
some real studs) in one four-mile stretch of road. I was jazzed at the
time, but the next day my illness was worse. And then my buddy sent
me the trail cam pics below. “These are a couple we didn’t see,”
he joked in his email. “You should come back again and see if we can
find the real toads.”
Well, maybe. Until then, I’ve
got a trail cam to set out again. This time, I’m gonna let my kids
program the thing….