Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Home Is Where The Treestand Is

Last night was the 44th night that I sat in a treestand this season. It was about 80 degrees out, and raining, which is disappointing for the end of October. I saw only a few does come out in the field about 200 yards away, not even any small bucks showed up. This weather is killing the pre-rut activity, and I'm not liking it one bit.

Early season bow is nearly over. This Saturday permit bow starts, and the rut will soon be in full swing. I shot my antlerless deer and put some meat in the freezer, but in the 44 days I still have not had a chance to shoot Mr. Big. Close, but not quite. Desperation is starting to creep in. I just make it a point to stick with it and hope and pray that I will get my chance soon. I’ve been putting a lot of hours in the treestand.           

“I have no life,” I told my boyfriend on the way to my treestand one afternoon.          

“You have a life,” he answered reassuringly, “it’s in the tree”. How true.     

Have you ever paused on the way to the woods, or during one of the hours in the tree, to wonder:  “how many hours do I spend in the stand a year”? I have. I even calculated the number of hours I spent in the stand just this year. 200. That’s the approximate number of hours so far this season. Not counting the hours I spent hunting elk in Colorado in September.  By the time this deer season is over I will have spent about 660 hours in the stand. Who would have guessed?    

Think of all the things you could be doing if you weren’t in the treestand. I thought about that too. I rarely see my family and friends. Really, the only one I see on a regular basis is my boyfriend, and that’s only because we hunt together pretty often, and he lives only a few minutes from me.

But the point is, if I wasn’t hunting I’m sure I could be…I could be…um well I’m sure I could be doing SOMETHING else, I just can’t think of it.     

I do know that there is nothing else I would RATHER be doing. This time of year I spend more time in the treestand, and in the woods scouting, than I do at my house and I love every second of it.     

Tonight will be night number 45. I'll be spending another 3 hours in the stand in the wind and rain. My boyfriend was life is in the tree. But I'm not complaining!


  1. I know exactly how you feel, and I don't even hunt. I could probably spend almost everyday fishing and never get bored of it. It's just what I love to do. We are lucky to have something that makes us tick, and we are not alone!

  2. this is sooo true for you LOL and im so jealous...

  3. This just made me consider the days I've spent in my stand.. Since September 4th I have been out hunting 20 days. Couldn't even begin to calculate the hours. It feels like a lot though and I love every minute of it :)

  4. I've never calculated the hours before, but this year I've spent more time in the tree than i ever have...WOW i didnt realize it was that many!! But i love it :)