The opening of gun season in Georgia is just around the corner. Gun seasons start around the same time throughout the Southeast so I'm sure my fellow outdoorsmen are like me, getting ready.
One of my favorite activities is getting my gear prepared for the opener. As I'm getting older I am probably spending more time sorting through all my collected hunting "tools" and am more selective on what I'll pack to take to the woods. I've also noticed, as I've gotten older, that I am more interested in getting rid of "unwanted" items I've added to my hunting inventory over the years. Here's a list of what I plan to get rid of:
1. Extra calls. I don't even remember when I purchased all the various calls I've collected; grunts calls, bleat cans, fawn calls, on, and on, and on. I know what has worked best for me and I've kept packing the same call(s) for many years. Why has it taken me so long to realize it's time to get rid of the extras?
2. Tree climbing steps. Boy, I guess I either never realized how many lock-on stands I once had, or how high up I placed them, but I sure have a bunch of steps. I don't know what I can do with them, but I'll find a way to get rid of them. Haven't climbed a tree in a number of years, and don't expect to do any climbing the future. If you know of anyone who can use them let me know. I'm willing to part with them to any avid hunter needing steps. Oh, and I also have a couple great safety harnesses. I only need one when hunting from ladder stands, which is also getting rarer and rarer. So, I'm also willing to part with a quality harness to a hunter in need.
3. Ground Seat. I think I remember when I bought this, and I also think I did so at the urging of a hunting buddy that convinced me this was an indispensable item that would make me a better hunter. I can't recall every using the thing. It's designed like a chaise lounge without the legs. It's also camoed up so you blend in with nature's surroundings. Again, I'm willing to part with this magnificent contraption to a hunter willing to give it a try.
4. Clothes. I don't remember buying any new hunting apparel, outside of the face masks and gloves I noted in an earlier blog that I always buy because the ones from last year stay hidden until at least the 2nd week of hunting season. So, I don't know if hunting clothes reproduce in dark storage trunks during the off-season, but when I inventoried my hunting clothes I found enough to dress myself in for at least a month without ever having to wear the same piece twice. Thought I had previously sorted through my clothes and donated the excess to either hunting buddies or a worthy cause. Seems I either missed some, or they reproduced, or I just couldn't part with the excess. Well, now I ready to reduce my inventory to needy hunters. These are in great shape because I have so many of them I only wear them once or twice a season.
5. Miscellaneous items:
a. Camera swing arm for all the videos I planned to take during season. Straps to a tree. Never used; too heavy to tote around.
b. Reflective tacks, enough to place on every tree within a 10 acre lot. Guess I was afraid of getting lost at some point in time.
c. Compasses; see reflective tacks.
d. Backpacks/fanny packs; see reflective tacks and compasses.
e. Cushions; I discovered I only needed one as two or more will usually put me higher than I wish to be in a stand or a chair.
f. Cover scents; I thought it would be neat to smell like: 1. dirt, 2. acorns, 3. doe in heat, 4. no scent. Finally realized that if I hunt the wind, kept my clothes cleaned and bathed regularly I didn't need these scents.
g. Flashlights; see reflective tacks, compasses,backpacks/fannypacks. Too many other items to list here. Want some of my "hand me downs"?
Visit the CSS website online email or send me a note via email email@example.com, and mark in the subject line 'Everyday Outdoorsman'. I'll do my best to arrange for you to share in my junk, I mean useless, I mean quality, slightly used hunting items. Have a great season.