The first week of November is my favorite time of the year. It’s when all the fellas get together on the farm for “Hunt Week.” This special time of year manifests itself with a firm “no-wives-allowed” rule, very little soap and a whole lot of bowstrings twanging. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.
For quality deer management fanatics, 20 feet up in a tree during the rut is when land managers get the best glimpse of what we all chase: results. Are the bucks chasing does with more intensity this year because you lowered the buck-to-doe ratio? Did that 3.5-year-old you let walk last season grow into the potential trophy you thought he would be? If not, what can you do differently in the offseason?
This year, while perched in a tree overlooking a food plot, I actually spent a good 2 hours rehearsing what I was going to say to my wife when it comes time to tell her that I won’t be able to visit her family this year. Instead, I’ll need all the vacation time I can get to revitalize the farm’s bedding area. Pray for me my fellow deer hunting nuts.
My greatest passion—following God and my family and friends—is the whitetail deer. (If that’s not a “you might be a redneck” statement, I don’t know what is.) We all spend the time and money on this thing for the same reason: we love these animals. We still get excited every time we see one. And for the sheer amount of sightings, the opportunity to learn more, and the proof our conservation efforts are paying off, the rut just can’t be beat.
We spend 365 days a year trying to figure out a puzzle that simply has no answer. Yet when you experience the thrill of shooting a deer like the one I shot earlier this year, you know you’re doing something right. It makes you a believer of quality deer management.
As I write this, I’m wearing a Mossy Oak t-shirt that boldly states, It’s not a passion, it’s an obsession, and I’m wondering if Dr. Phil has a celebrity edition of his show. Then again, I don’t want a cure for my condition. My name’s Jeff Foxworthy, and I’m totally addicted to quality deer management and using hunting as a management tool. The rut is an occasion to binge on both, and this November I hope you get your fix of pleasure that will fuel your deer management addiction for the next year.