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!
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.