Great post Mike! I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable day. Eat whatever moves you. Enjoy a drink or three, figuring out your designated driver beforehand. And enjoy some fireworks, if that's what moves you!
Just one little request tho. Try to take a moment and think of the deeper meaning of the 4th, which goes way deeper than picnics, cold beers and great food. Perhaps you might even propose a toast to those great & brave men who put meaning to an infant nation, as yet to be developed. And, one final note..... Whatever your political beliefs, remember we are still the finest, most powerful nation on this earth. Have no doubt of that. We all have something in common there as citizens!
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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