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Deer Hunting: Basic Equipment.

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  Georgia’s deer hunting season starts Sept. 12. A few states such as South Carolina and California started their seasons in August, but for most of the nation there are a few weeks before the season starts. What basic equipment do you need?

Add a tree stand, and you have the author's basic set of hunting gear.

Add a tree stand, and you have the author's basic set of hunting gear.


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 Obviously some hunting tool and the stuff it takes to make it work. For me, and in the 14 states where crossbows are allowed during archery season, that is a crossbow and arrows. This year I will start with a BowTech Stryker, one of the most powerful of modern crossbows.

 Tree stands are next up. I like the Tom Cat climbers, and have used their archery stand for years. I will actually hang my stand today. (I should have done this earlier, but have been busy – like most of us.)

 Butt comfort is important if I am going to sit for hours. I will have my homemade cushion with me. I have shot more than a hundred pieces of game sitting on this cushion, and even took it to Africa with me.

 Other items include a safety harness (particularly for a bow stand where you stand and shoot), flash light, knife, trimming saw, toilet paper, drag rope, hoist rope and the legally required licenses and international orange (in places and seasons where it is required). Also important is a ThermCell to keep the mosquitos at bay and a few snacks to hold me during a four to six hour sit. 

 These basic items will allow me to kill and extract my deer. Take only what you need, not what you might want. Unused “stuffs” get in the way more that they help. If you don’t use it, leave it next time.  There is some useful information on deer stand placement in an older post, and for a complete discussion go to the heading “Preparing for opening day” on pages 85-95 of  Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound.

 Go get “them deers!”  Good luck, particularly for you first-time hunters. This is as close as I can come to being with you. I will take out some new hunters this year, and I hope that  many other experienced hunters will do the same .  Also see my blog, “Friend. Take a Friend Hunting.”

 Crossbow provided by Horton.
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September 10, 2009 at 10:44 am

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If the Queen of England can serve and eat deer, why can’t you?

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  I had an encounter with a lady at a supermarket who was in the

A nearly all deer meal fit for a Queen.

A nearly all deer meal fit for a Queen.

check-out line ahead of me. She had a basket full of groceries, including some packages of meat. This being within days of the start of Georgia’s archery deer season on Sept. 15, I asked if her guys were ready to go deer hunting.

 She said that her husband had been invited to go with some of his friends, and said that he might take them up on their invitation this year.  Being shameless about shilling my books, I recommended Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound  to her as an appropriate gift.

 This working housewife then remarked that there were too many deer in their neighbourhood, that she had no objection to someone thinning them out; but that she did not eat deer meat.

 Queen Elizabeth II was served and ate deer meat on the occasion of her recent 80th birthday party and also served it at a birthday party honoring Prince Charles. The royals also frequently serve deer to visiting heads of state from other nations. The point is that properly prepared deer meat is fit for anyone’s table – even the Queen’s. Poorly prepared, it is hardly worth eating.

  Buy my book, use my recipes and learn how to enjoy this lean, healthy, additive-free meat.  You and your family will benefit both physically and financially.

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September 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm

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