I have been waiting all year for this moment. It is like the ultimate holiday, but even better. Unlike most holidays that only, last a day or three this one last 2 whole weeks, an entire fourteen days.
For those that have never been or those folks that are sensitive to this type of thing you may not agree with me. However, for those that know, it is like none other. Something we die hards wait the entire year for, what we plan, and ocher state. A time when men can be men. It separates the boys from men.
It is the best of times, go out into the wild. Packed and prepared, back to the root of society if you do not kill you do not eat. I love it. I prepare for it all year, literally the day after I get back deer camp I start buying and storing things for the next one. My bags are packed at least two months before November 12. When I prepare to go up north to bring in the deer season I have a few key items that I have to have. No matter what. They allow my stay to productive and comfortable.
I know some people will not agree with me on this part. Some may even call me soft but I have to have an air matters. Preferably, a queen size one. I suffer from back issues and have problems with sleeping on the ground. When I leave out I check to make sure that my matters is in great conditions. No leaks or rips. I also make sure my mattress pump is in great working condition. I have a great sleeping back that is workable in below zero degree weather. The past three years I have also have included a blanket my wife quilted for me.
Now that my bedding has been inspected and packed the next item on my checklist.
Before I set out I like to make sure my tent is in great condition, by setting it up a few times out of the year if only in my back yard. Throughout the year, I consistently weather proof it for rain and snow. Sleeping outside in northern Michigan during the middle of November, you have to make sure to stay dry and warm. Otherwise, you run the risk of hypothermia and frostbite. As I said before I always open it up a few times during the year for a variety of reasons. To air it out, to check out my weatherproofing, make sure the seams are tight and are not in need of patches, and simply because I like sleeping outside. It is usually some of the most comfortable and undisturbed rest I get.
Guns and Ammunition
How can you expect to harvest a deer if your sights and equipment is raggedy? I always take each gun I plan of packing to the shooting range. If I am unable to go throughout the year like I would like then at least a week before I leave out. Check the sights; clean them out, double check that each one is functionally properly.
This is the hardest part of getting ready is the wait. Especially those last couple of days, its seems that time moves exceptionally slower than any other time during the year. My excitement makes it difficult for me to wait. However, patience is necessary before and during the hunt.
Just a few of the things I like always have to have, those things that are necessary for me during deer camp. Right now, I am working on my patience; everything else is set ready to go. It is just a waiting game now and I can only hope that I am the winner at the end of this. Pray for my family and me I know that I am driving them crazy.