mid-south buck

I’m sitting in my office, looking at the dry erase calendar on my wall. There’s a note in all caps for Saturday, September 5. Michelle, my wife, left it there. Saturday is her birthday. But the note isn’t reminding me of that.

Nope. The note says, “BOW SEASON.”

A new deer season in the Mid-South begins with the Kentucky archery opener this Saturday. Right now, the forecast high temperature is 95 degrees. If we’re lucky, that will moderate a bit, maybe down to 92 or 93. It’ll be hot and miserable in a treestand, and worse in a ground blind. I’m not much worried about that, though. I haven’t sat in a treestand since last December, and the thought of not going hunting is laughable.

This season is shaping up to be a good one, too. We’ve had plenty of rain this summer, and despite this week’s blistering forecast, the weather has actually been pretty mild since July. Food plots are looking good. Some early cornfields are being picked in the area right now. Early mast reports are positive. We still have six weeks to go, at least, before we’re free of any EHD worries, but for now—other than the usual few scattered reports—it seems to be a quiet year.

Hot or not, I can’t wait for things to get started. Hopefully, Michelle kills a birthday buck. But I’ll probably go buy her a card, too. Just in case.