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Archers Take Aim as Michigan Bow Hunting Season Nears

Now is a good time to start purchasing equipment for the upcoming hunting season, which kicks-off on Oct. 1.

It’s hard to believe that the bow hunting season is a mere two weeks away, beginning Oct. 1.

This year has gone by so fast, yet I had an epiphany about early season scouting. I didn’t want to repeat the mistakes of last year by not scouting like I should have. So, I found three of my trail cameras in the garage and bought two more along with fresh batteries and SD cards.

I was going to make sure I had my trail cameras taking pictures of deer in the woods long before the opener of bow season.

I made the necessary phone calls to land owners who extended me the courtesy to hunt their land again. I’d be nowhere without the hospitality of the landowners so I’d like to sincerely thank them for making my hunting season a reality.

I set out my trail cameras in late August and left them alone for two weeks before returning for my SD cards. I was excited to see what images I may have captured and hoped to see that buck of a lifetime.

Trail cameras do much more than take pictures of wildlife. They illustrate which deer keep coming back, how many times and what time of day they visit these areas.

Finally, these cameras let you know whether you’re in a good spot or not. I find these cameras to be an invaluable resource and highly recommend them to all hunters.

There are downsides to owning a trail camera. First, thieves do exist and it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve had them stolen. Secondly, hunters have a tendency to return over and over to their hunting spot to see if new deer pictures have been taken. Simply put, the more you visit your hunting location, the more human scent you put out for big bucks to notice.

Trail cameras can’t do all of your scouting for you. The cameras only work in very short distances up to 50 feet or so. Nothing beats getting out to an adjoining ridge with your binoculars and glassing.

So, get out there and start scouting and good luck.

Finally, I’ll be doing an elk hunting story on the Moriah Ranch I hunted last year through the eyes of another hunter. This is a story I’m so excited to share with you, so stay tuned!

As always, your comments story ideas are warmly welcomed. I can be reached at 734-223-5656 or email rtaylor@reinhartrealtors.com.

Marilyn Wilkie September 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM
What ever happened to good old fashioned "hunting" like my father did? I can't understand how a hunter could feel good about bagging his game by using blinds, bait piles and cameras. Just an opinion. Flame away!

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