As you know, all of August is pretty much taken up with bow practice, planting the fall food plots, mowing the perennial plots, and general upkeep. Yesterday several camp members and I hit the woods and visited all but one stand. We tightened straps, added new ratchets to keep them safe, replaced pull up ropes, and maintained them in general. One stand required moving a twenty foot ladder and the stand itself, major work was accomplished. Below are some does and babes. Survival at Long Ridge this year is way ahead of last year, I believe because the mild winter allowed the does to enter birthing season in so much better shape.
Here is a nice bear crossing a mineral lick. We are seeing a lot of bears crossing roads, in fields and on camera - more than last year I think. They are a major predator of fawns during their first several weeks of life, but recruitment still seems high this year.
Same mom and baby as on the 4th...
Check the paths meandering though this lush clover patch. The deer are feeding heavily here, as we had hoped. The last week has seen a major acorn drop, so the perennial plots will get a slight break.
If you look closely below, you can see a doe staring at me from another field. I am about 150 yards away in another field with woods in between us. Just to her right, but barely discernable in the picture is her fawn.
The fawn below is not at Long Ridge. I was on a food plot consulting job when my client and I startled this fawn, who simply jumped up and stared, as we backtracked across the hill.
Food plotting below several weeks ago. This plot is already 6 inches tall.
Full moon over deer camp.
Another food plot seeded...
And so there you have this month finishing up. A few touches and we are done. Bow season starts in three weeks, bear season in one. What are YOU doing to get ready?