Autumn is a great time for making outdoor memories with your spouse, your kids, your parents, a friend or by yourself.
One of my autumn memories is a special time in a special place when the colors of autumn were like a painter’s palette gone wild with crimson, orange and hickory gold. Cedars and pines added their shades of green to the picture.
The colors enveloped my wife as she sit on a rock, reading a book, and I stood alone in a stream, having just released the biggest trout I had ever caught in my life.
There is a memory of the crisp smells of autumn teasing my nostrils along with gun oil, decaying leaves and the doggy smell of my friend’s Labrador. Then we heard them, the mournful sound of Canada geese as they passed overhead in their V-formation heading south.
There’s the memory of my son and I taking my grandson on his first squirrel hunting trip. His little legs had a hard time keeping up, so Papaw and Dad took turns carrying him on our backs as we walked through the autumn woods.
I had no idea so many questions could come out of a 5-year old. Why do leaves change color? Does a squirrel go to heaven? Can we go again? Now he’s 20 and a sophomore in college.
Then there was the autumn day in my tree stand, and the woods were alive with color. Suddenly, snowflakes the size of half-dollars began floating down around me. It was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen as the white of the snow mixed with the colors of autumn leaves.
As if that wasn’t enough to make a good memory, I looked to my left and there, standing between two cedar trees just out of bow range, was a huge buck. I’m not sure I’ve seen a bigger one since. He stood there for a while and watched the snowflakes with me and then turned and disappeared. That was over 45 years ago, and I’ve never forgotten that memory from that special autumn day.
Those are just a few of the many autumn memories I have, and I hope there are many more to come.
Get out in the great outdoors, and go make a memory!
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
NATIVE AMERICAN HUNTING TIP
Native Americans are pretty good hunters, and they usually hunt with the sun behind them, hunt upwind or crosswind and use shadows and natural cover to disappear while they search for deer – and so should you.
Water is often at its clearest during the autumn season, so you need to stress realism in your lures. Bass are more mobile now than at any time of year and as they cruise for forage, they look for positive visual cues that signal living prey.
GREAT TIME FOR CAMPING
Don’t put your camping gear away just because it’s fall. When the leaves change color, all the crowds leave and having fewer people means that perfect campsite is going to be easier to find. Most of the bugs are gone, too, and the temperature is much more tolerable than in summer.
BLINDED BY LOVE
Find a group of does during early to late November and stay with them. There is no need to try to find the bucks. I guarantee, if you know where the does are, they will come into two days of heat sometime during that period, and bucks will show up because they only have one thing on their mind during that time, and that’s S-E-X!
HUNTING IN FOG
Ducks and geese won’t move in heavy fog, but they will fly in light fog. With the limited visibility, they become very vulnerable to calling.
Don’t let peer pressure keep you from hunting does. It is important to the overall success of all deer hunting. Wildlife managers have proven time and again the importance of taking does as well as bucks.
THINK ABOUT IT
How much better would the world be if everyone could experience the things we do as people who love the outdoors?
NOW YOU KNOW
Research has shown that whitetails actually make up to 400 different vocalizations. Most of the vocalizations they make are so soft that only skilled observers can recognize them. In fact, they are sometimes mistaken for insects buzzing and other background noises.
And now you know what you might not have known.
A GREAT QUOTE
“A hunt based only on the trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be.” – Fred Bear