Got out of bed at 3am showered and got dressed the wife had yet to go to bed, she was in the kitchen making sausage balls, (YUM) I'm running around trying to get my gear together and in the truck, and as you all well know, when the wife is up and you're getting ready to go hunting, she comes up with 100 mineal chores that you need to do (i.e. take the trash out to the garage etc.) Well I finally get to leave. Take some paperwork by the office, and head towards Rosston AR.... I get just outside Texarkana, and I start thinking......"Did I put my broadhead arrows in my case???" So I stop and take a look...... JEEZ they're still sitting ontop of the gunrack in my room AT HOME!!!!! I turn around and go back to the house (another 20 minutes) then I realize it's already after 5am.... nowhere near enough time to make it to Rosston before sunrise....OK plan B.... Sulpher River WMA..... So I detour from the house to the WMA, get there about 6am...... STILL too dark to walk out in the woods so I start applying my camo face paint, and do the best job ever,
. ALRIGHT now I realize I left my work phone at the house, I don't wear watches, so if i get anything I won't know what time it was.....OH WELL I CAME TO HUNT NOT WATCH THE CLOCK!!!! So I figure there's just enough light for me to head into the woods, there were a few skeeters buzzing around just outside the truck so I applied a pretty healthy dose of 40% DEET mosquito spray....... I walked 2 steps into the woods, and was INSTANTLY bombarded by atleast 30 mosquitos..... ok back to the truck to apply MORE skeeter dope..... 1/2 a can later I re-enter the woods.....SAME STORY... I WILL NOT BE DETERRED!!!! LOL So I start looking for the trail that leads back to the gas line that most people hunt..... It's no longer a trail but a creek, I'm on foot.... not happening....plus that's most likely where most of the skeeters are coming from so I decide I'll try somewhere new today.... I start walking straight back towards the gas line intent on stopping short, I come across a fairly open area, and decide it looks good..... I attatch my climber, fight skeeters, get my bow onto the climber,walk out about 20 yds and set off the Buck Bomb I brought with me, climb up onto it myself, then put my pack back on, and climb up the tree...... Sunrise arrives, and I'm feeling it, I'm gonna see something today since I'm hunting the front edge of a storm..... I'm sitting there, and the OFF wears off.... and I am acosted by skeeters AGAIN, spray down again. Well a few hours pass, and I decide I'll climb down, go back to the truck go to the nearest town grab some food and come back just in time for an evening hunt.....As I get to the base of the tree, I climb off my stand, and turn around to see a tail twitching..... DEER!!! I look can't see the head......DANG!!! I'm moving around trying to get a look at the head, I know it's a small deer, just not sure about how small, it's about 20 yds out...... but WHAT IS IT?????!!!! Well about that time it busts me and bolts, ok spot and stalk..... I should be able to catch up if I'm quiet enough..... 2,000,000 spiderwebs and 200,000,000 skeeters later, no tracks, no deer so I head back to the tree to move my stand to a slightly better local..... I get to the tree I'm putting my stand on which is about 30 yds from the tree it was initially on, and slightly closer to where I had seen the deer, with a much clearer view, and Remember what happened when I first stepped into the woods? Swarmed again..... Spray down with OFF again..... (*#^$(@)(*& Mosquitos...... I climb up have to start swatting skeeters again..... take off my hat and start waving it across my face to get SOME releif..... never saw anything again.... alright climb down and start heading back to the truck... The skeeters are unbearable.... every couple of steps, I'm stopping to cough up and spit out a dozen or so...... all this distraction takes away from my sense of direction and I end up about 100 yds South of my truck, @(*#&$()#*@&#$ IT!!! So I then know exactly which direction to head.... FINALLY make it back to the truck..... My right shoulder is killing me and I finally get SOME releif from the skeeters.... load everything up into the truck in it's respective place, and get ready to go.... about the time I'm leaving I see a couple of guys driving up the boat ramp ending their day..... We had the same luck with the skeeters, I'm going back tomorrow, with 100%DEET and a few mosquito repellant refills for my Thermacell which I forgot to purchase at Wally Weird this morning when I got my License..... Oh well I gott'em now LOL My shoulder is PURPLE right now from my stand banging around on it, but It's not gonna stop me LOL I told you all this story to emphasize one very important fact....MAN IT'S GREAT TO BE BACK OUT THERE!!!!!!