Sunday, March 25, 2007
Hanging Stands---- Grandchildren Onboard
Last year as I prepared to go finalize my scouting and hang my deer stands some of my 13 grandchildren come by to visit. Their parents never had the time to take them hunting nor the interest to go themselves.The grandchildren wanted to go with me so I cleared it with the parents and away we went to the woods. I had the grandchildren with me and as I arrived at the woods and explained alittle bit about scouting and hanging your stands for hunting season.We soon got into the area where I had chosen to hunt and began looking for old rubs and checking the trails for fresh signs of deer movement. It wasn't look before I found a good rub trail through the area and showed it to the grandchildren. I explained why the bucks rub their antlers on the trees and told them to look for the best tree that would offer protection from the deer seeing them in the stand. Upon picking out the best tree, we began hanging the stand around the tree and setting it up for the upcoming season which was only 4 weeks away. Once the stand was hung and prepared we began to head back to the truck and I took this opportunity to give the grandchildren a lesson in findind your way through the woods to your stand in the dark. I explained they needed to figure out the lay of the land, look at the tree tops, remember road beds and to check at night the stars and the sunset and moon ,any lights visible from the tree stand and anything else they thought might help them to find their way through the woods without a flashlight to and from their stand. Flashlights will scare the deer off as you go to your stand in early morning hours. I also trimmed limbs and branches from trees and bushes as I walked back to the truck to make access to my stand quiter going and coming to my stand. As we arrived at the truck we took time then to talk about the entire outting and to find out if they had decided to make hunting a part of their life long journey. Almost all my grandchildren today want to go hunting with me but none of them have the way to go get their hunter education certificate and I work where I can't take them to get it. The outting was a complete success and we all had allot of fun exploring the woods together.The grandchildren got allot of useful experience for future use of hunting and I got my stands put up for the future hunting seasons till I decide to move them again.