I don't know how much I will deer hunt this year. The burning desire is gone.
The days when I counted the hours until opening morning are over. And too, there is the inherent danger that comes with my age and physical condition.
I am a solitary hunter. I hunt alone. If something happened to me, I'd be in real trouble. Dragging a deer out is also a consideration. It is akin to shoveling snow in terms of a causing heart attack.
Oh well. After all, being healthy is just the slowest rate at which you can die.
But see, for me, getting everything ready for a year of hunting was also a good time -- a time of anticipation and expectancy -- a time to dream and reflect as you get all the equipment ready. That time is now.
Too many hunters wait until the last minute to replace a bow string or get six or 12 more arrows or broadheads. And often, they don't know where to take archery equipment to have it worked on and made season ready. Here is the answer.
For me and folks in this area, it is hard to beat Buddy Poindexter over at Poindexter's Bait Shop on Highway 109, on the left just after you cross the bridge, heading toward Gallatin.
It is full service for all types of archery equipment from recurves to crossbows and Buddy knows what he is doing. He is also a Mathews Dealer and has a good stock of accessories such as broadheads.
My TenPoint Phantom crossbow is about 10 years old. It has served me well and I wish I didn't have to use it.
However, I do so I figured, after 10 years and several deer killed, I better get new strings and cables.
I took it to Buddy and said, "Look it over, fix or replace anything you think needs fixing or replacing." Not many folks I would trust that much.
A few shots at 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 yards and I will be woods ready.
When I get the courage up, maybe a cool, early September morning, I'll get the converted lawn mower out and head to my thicket.
I'll do a safety check on all my stands, trim a little if needed and draw maps to each stand, just in case I don't come home some night and somebody wants to come look for me. And, this year, I have a new place to hunt, new place to study deer.
My wife makes me carry a cheap cell phone. Great idea if I didn't forget it all the time. Not much good if I am not conscious or have already answered God's call to come on over home.
And that brings up one more thing I am going to do this year. I am going to spend more time talking with Him while I am in His thicket.
Meantime, I reckon I'll wait for Buddy to call me and tell me my crossbow is ready and dream about days gone by...like the morning I killed two record book bucks in two states or the shot I made in dense fog on an eight-pointer in Alabama. Now that, was a cool morning.
So, if you are a bow hunter, check your equipment and see if anything needs work. Then, just call Buddy at (615) 452-7550.