This year has found me at work way more than in the field! I'm usually not that big into early season hunting anyhow, but at least find a way to be in the field at least a couple weekends a month. This year, with all three of my children playing either soccer or baseball (or a combination of both ), I haven't been able to go at all! The change in the weather has really bumped my desire to get in the woods! I think it won't be long before I find a way to squeeze in a morning or evening session between games/practices. Don't get me wrong, I am really enjoying spending quaility time with my children, there will always be time to hunt!
I am, however, missing the luxury of 30 days vacation a year that I had when I was in the Navy. :lol: Dude! I am working more hours now that I am retired than I did during my 22+ years in the service!
That is quite the difference in temperature. I bet it is going to help you guys out though. We are finally getting a break out here in Colorado too. We've had some cool mornings with cloud cover. This is a big change from the intense sunshine and 92 degree days we were having for a while. Record breaking heat does not really bode well for any type of hunting. Except for maybe bikini hunting at the pool
The weather hasnt effected me too much, our temps have been on a roller coaster for the past couple weeks, thats pretty common for us this time of year. its been going from low 60's to upper 70's back to low 60's then today was 80, but its gonna rain starting tomarrow so this will be the last nice day we have for the next 6 months as its the start of our rainy season. it kinda suck as we didnt get much of a summer this year, I'm not eady for winter yet.
We have finally broken the dry spell in Colorado. We have been getting some fairly decent rain in the past couple days. It sounds like it is going to dry back up and the tempertures are going to rise again starting tomorrow. Hopefully it will cool back down in time for first rifle season. I know there are a lot of guys with first season elk tags that are wishing for that atleast. Snow... snow.... snow!
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...