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Another Reason To Hate August

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 7:50 PM

You may have heard about the big buck I saw in my yard. The deer seem to be on the move, even the bucks. Maybe its all the mosquitoes in the woods. It's been a bad bug year. Lots of rain, lots of heat. But like I said, I've seen lots of bucks, on the road and on the lake. At least half of them were crossing the road with their noses to the ground just like during the rut. In August?

I'm not ready for ruttin' bucks. I've not worked on my treestand. I've not tinkered, sighted, or practiced my bow yet this year. What's a woodsman to do? Should I start getting ready for the hunt? That means less time to fish. I'm not sure I can do that, in fact, there might even be some kind of law against it.

Besides if my wife sees me fishing AND hunting she'll assume I have way too much time on my hands that could just as easily be filled with a broom, or rake, or, gulp, paint brush.

What it all boils down to is just another reason to hate August. 

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