Anticipation | WhitetailDNA Journal

By Alex Comstock

2 days. Let me say that again. TWO DAYS. That's how soon it will be until I'm sitting in a treestand, chasing whitetails again. I think it just hit me the other day with how quick it is coming up. When you are so close to the best time of the year, it can be extremely exciting, nerve racking, exhausting, you name it. These last few days are becoming frantic for me as I am trying to get all of my final prep work done before I hit the stand Friday. 

As hardcore deer hunters, most of us work our tails off 365 days a year so we can thrive and set ourselves up as well as possible during the 3-4 month deer season. In fact, we put in more work during the "offseason" than during the actual hunting season. That's why our anticipation levels jump so high as deer season nears. It's our time to shine, test our knowledge, and see how our hard work pays off. 

I'm sure most of you reading this feel the same way, but in the last few days before the actual hunting season starts, I tend to reflect on everything I've done since the previous season ended. I think of the winter scouting I did throughout January and February. All of the miles and miles I walked during March and April shed hunting. Then all of the scouting, prep work, trail cameras placed and checked, hanging stands, etc. between May and September.  The countless hours that have been put into the whitetail woods will hopefully pay off in some way, shape or form in the next couple of months. 

It's time to find out if all of my summer scouting will pay off during the hunting season.

It's time to find out if all of my summer scouting will pay off during the hunting season.

While anticipation is high, don't forget to cross your T's and dot your I's right before hitting the field. I like to make sure I have all the little things such as zip ties, extra batteries, etc. These last few days I am washing all of my clothes in scent free detergent, making sure my arrows are ready to go, broadheads look good, every little thing I can think of. I don't want to realize I don't have something I need while getting ready to head out to hunt opening evening. 

Like I said earlier, I've only got two days until it's show time. For some of you, it might still be a couple weeks or even a month. My anticipation is as high as it gets right now, get ready for when it hits you!