Mid August may not be considered "deer season" but for those of us who pursue whitetails, the season is truly fast approaching, and there is much to do. I have been practicing with my compound bow for well over a month now, and today I want to sight in my Parker Thunderhawk crossbow. I have ordered a muzzleloader and that as well as my 30.06 rifle will have to be sighted in, too.
Habitat improvement projects have long since started. Today, my son Mark and I plan to finish mowing the seeded logging road that crisscrosses our Botetourt, Virginia 38-acre spread. Earlier this week, I limed and reseeded the food plot behind the house.
This week I also obtained a new ladder stand, and that needs to be put up in that same food plot.
Also earlier this week, the deer stripped all the apples from the Rome apple tree in our backyard, which reminded me that I had put off too long the necessity of putting a wire enclosure around the tree. That, too, will be accomplished today.
The Dolgo crabapple tree is bearing heavily, and it too will have a new enclosure constructed around its perimeter. Elaine is studying recipes for crabapple tree. I don't mind the deer eating some of the crabapples, but I do want some of them.
And when the chores are finished, it will be time for me to visit some farmers in Botetourt and Roanoke counties. I have plenty of farms to hunt in the area, but it never hurts to have a few more.