Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Another One in the Books (Almost... :-)

What a month January has been. Things have just been busy as hell here in the Ohio flat lands. Work is crazy (but good finally), the holidays ended in time for all of the post holiday stuff to happen and we saw all of the friends we didn't see in the holiday times, the wife is prepping for he knees getting scoped next week, I am running 4 nights a week and lifting 2 others... I am just tired. To beat it all, I have gotten to hunt two whole times early on in this month of madness. It doesn't make me sad because the enjoyment factor was high in all the other stuff... but now we're facing then end of it.

Squirrel season ends Jan 31 and Deer Archery season ends Feb 3. That doesn't leave much time to gain some closure on the year. For a couple of years I have taken the last two or three hunts of the year and visited my favorite places around the public and private places I hunt. This year I will get to do it once on the 31st for squirrels and once again on the 1st for deer and it will be over for me (again) until September. It's been a great year but I have to think I would be happier if things just went on for 3 or 4 more months.

Of course, the flip side of it all is that I am tired. Five months of getting up at 3 or 4 to drive a couple of hours to hunt all day and then drive home a couple of hours will take its toll and I could use a rest. I think I am actually looking forward to working a five day week again for a few months. (hard to imagine I know...) Still in all it was just such a good year. If you'll indulge me, let's review a few of the high points:
  • I broke my damned squirrel rifle and decided to build a new one.
  • I covered a few new hunting spots and discovered one really grand one up a ridge I had never followed.
  • I entered into the obsessive world of bow hunting and discovered a new love to compete with my obsession for killing tree rats.
  • I located and purchased a great tree stand large enough to accommodate my ample frame. (Summit 180 Max SS, forget the weight limit. It is big enough for me to sit down in and move around and that is tough to find given the width of my torso...)
  • I tried tree stand hunting for the first time ever and changed my opinion of it to something positive.
  • I found an artifact of some origin. A small stone tool with strap notches worn in it. Very exciting for me... Land owner was very kind in allowing me to keep it.
  • Was successfully branded a rambling idiot by the wife for the way I squirrel hunt. (She believes there is too much walking and not enough killing... She thinks it is hiking with a gun and not hunting. I disagree...)
  • My baseball team (Austin Blues, simulated at www.ssbl.org) won the league championship... in my 2nd year as GM. Much love for the baseball...

I will post some good year-end pics from the next round later this week. I am excited about going. I think I will enjoy it very much. Options limited by time tend to focus the elimination process to my favorite spots and I am going there for sure. More later in the week.

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