September is the month when the impending arrival of bow season for deer takes on a sense of urgency. I begin practicing with my Matthews Switchback every year on or around July 4. But in the ninth month, other preparatory acts begin as well.
Yesterday, I went to a Botetourt County cattle farm where I have permission to bowhunt and placed stand steps in a hardwood. That particular tree grows in a place where deer activity is heavy every October when Virginia's season begins. The spot is both a natural funnel and where a grove of white and red oaks have been thinned so that only the best mast producers still stand.
I should see plenty of whitetails there next month. Whether I kill one or not is really up to my skills and whether a deer happens to come into range.
This morning I practiced with broadheads on my arrows, saving the ones that flew accurately and culling one that did not. Later this week, I will check tree stands, safety harnesses, and do some more scouting in places where I have permission to be afield.
I will also make a list of every item that I will be taking afield on my first bowhunt. One can't start too soon to be ready for opening day.