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As a young boy growing up in the Loess Hills of Iowa, I was naturally drawn to the outdoors. With most of my free time spent hunting or fishing, I developed a passion for whitetails.

Summer Time Prep

IMG_0904Summer time prep… With the bow opener in Nebraska kicking off September 1st this year. I’ll be hunting with good friend, field staff member Ryan Warrick. The prep work has just started. Trying to acquire new land to hunt on was the most difficult. I have always found that being honest an respectful to any land owners that you talk to, works best. Whether or not you are  looking to lease or just getting permission the old fashion way, working hand and hand with the owner always pays off. Whether they give me permission or not, I’ve always been polite an very excepting of there decision. On many occasions being honest with the land owner is the best way to show them that you are going to respect their land an others that may be in the area, along with following all state regulations.

So with the hunt for new land behind us. Next up is running a trail camera or two on each of the farms i hunting including the farms I hunt in in my home state of Iowa. Getting great trail cam picture has become an art form of sorts. I’m learning with each need set but wow some of the stuff I’m see these days is nothing short of amazing. 

10659047_865927936764180_8350790544134125314_oThe real work of getting my body in shape for the season ahead. It might be one of the most over looked pieces of the puzzle, that is hunting. To really do things right you want to be in the best condition possible, this will easily very from hunter to hunter. Trying to go on runs after work is a very hard thing to do but if I know that it could possibly be the difference between success or failure. One of the few things that keep me from going with my conditioning in the trail cam of bucks past. 

It is insane during the dog days of summer to think how driven I become know that it’s been two or three week since my last trail cam check. I have been building an inventory of deer on my farms for years and am looking forward to see who shows up this year. How much bigger will they be? Did they make it? Will I see that up in comer who has exploded from last season to this season. These are the things that when I just don’t want to workout kick my butt into gear. 

How many of you try an shoot a few arrows every every night this time of year? I helps, it breeds consistency in not only my form but farm of mind. Lets take a look at the word consistency.

Consistency: conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness.

I know in my mind when the time comes it’s will be automatic. I try an shoot every night, just a few arrows, I only shoot 4 or 5 arrows an call it good. This seams to help me an my confidence for the upcoming bow seasons. I hope that everyone is having as much fun out there preparing for their own season. Ryan and I have convinced the owner Curtis Goettsch to travel to Western Nebraska, to chase big Mule Deer. Stay tuned to Victory Outdoors for more as we prepare for this upcoming fall. 

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