And then there were three

by Sep 27, 2014Whitetail Deer, Women Who Hunt

And then there were three

There is nothing better on a nice fall day then walking through the woods with Dad and checking the trail cam pictures.  We headed out to check the camera by the Sky Condo and the camera by my tree seat.  That big buck has been hanging around the Sky Condo but if it’s the same deer as last year, he made a few trips past my seat and into the bog.

After doing some logging on the property, Dad has decided that we will move my tree seat and build another permanent stand.  The plan right now is to move closer to the bog and off to the left of where I sit currently.  This will allow me to sit close to the bog and thickets and if it rains, I can still be around any deer that decide to move.  I am naming my new stand T3 (tree-stand three – how original right?) 

I may do a Google search and see what cool, function designs might be out there that we will want to add to this new stand.  The Sky Condo is pretty nice but we have had to patch up some leaks in the roof and put up canvas to block the wind. T3 will be down in the thickets so the wind won’t be a big problem but visibility will be.   This winter and spring, we will cut out some shooting lanes and get the structure up and ready.

I am excited to add to our hunting spots and I am sure Dad has it in the back of his mind that in just a few short years, my son will want to (hopefully) come out with us and what better way to get the hunting bug then sitting in a stand and watching those beautiful deer walk by and play in their natural habitat.  Plus, a shack is better for kids since it will allow us to bring a heater in and you can usually get away with a little movement when you are blocked from view.

Deer season is just a few weeks away for those of us who rifle hunt.  I can’t wait to get back into the woods.

View off to my left currently.  See that tree leaning? I’m headed behind it about 500 feet.
I am not sure if T3 will be build on this oak or one behind it.  Stay tuned…

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Erin Merrill, author of And a Strong Cup of Coffee, is president of Women of the Maine Outdoors, a senior writer for Drury Outdoors, a contributor to the Northwoods Sporting Journal and passionate all things Maine, Hunting, and the Outdoors.

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