8 Days Until Bow Season

22 Sep

Now that I’m back from my Idaho trip there are only 8 days until Iowa opens their archery season. To say that I’m excited is an understatement. In the next 8 days there are still a couple of tasks I need to complete before I climb in the stand for the first time. Here they are in no particular order.




Wash my clothes.

Although I’m not a huge scent control freak, I still practice a standard clothes washing regimen. After I wash my clothes with scent-free soap and let air dry in my backyard, I then put them inside of a plastic garbage sack, then put the sack in to a plastic tote. Very simple, and because I regularly use an Ozonics I feel confident about my scent zone while in the stand.

Gear inspection.

By this time of the year I have already inspected my treestands and safety harness, but I still have to go through the rest of my gear. Screw-in hooks, bow ropes, boots, basically every piece of equipment I take in the timber with me needs to be looked over to make sure it works when the time comes. This also includes my truck, one of the most important pieces of hunting equipment I have.

Shoot my bow.

Because the state of Idaho does not allow mechanical broadheads, I currently have fixed-blade heads on my arrows. Before I headed out for my trip I was shooting pretty consistence. Now I have a bit of a dilemma… do I switch back to mechanicals? I haven’t made up my mind yet. I’m leaning towards sticking with the fixed heads. Any thoughts?




Brownie points.

It’s that time of year again when I need to start buttering up the wife for the long season. This is the first year of hunting with two kids so making sure my wife is taken care of is very important. As we all know bowhunting is a selfish sport that requires large amounts of time to be successful if you are chasing mature deer. Taking care of two kids is tough, especially when one of your kids is an actual tornado that is in the middle of potty training. This year I have put in some extra time to accessing property closer to home. Because my wife has said NO to a two week vacation I will need to watch the weather closely and make my move accordingly. With that said, this Friday I am trying to find a babysitter so we can have a date night.

Watch the weather.

If you were to judge me based on looks alone, I bet you would say “That guys probably spends a lot of time on porn websites.” Not this time of year. This time of year a majority of my free time is spent online watching the weather, specifically wind direction, temperature, and  barometric pressure as well as moon raising and setting times. It’s always good to have this information handy in the back of your head so you have all the information necessary to make the right stand location decisions.

Move my trail cameras.

Right now my cameras are still over mineral stations. This weekend I will be moving my cameras from these sites and in to pinch-points, popular field edges and transition trails. Then as the season progresses I will move some of the cameras to popular scrape locations.

Thanks again for reading and good luck to everyone this season. Remember to keep me posted on how your season is progressing and send my your trophy pictures so I can post them the facebook page.

Until next time,
Dan (DFW)



9 Responses to “8 Days Until Bow Season”

  1. Scott Clarke September 23, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    My list is very similar. Oct 1 is fast approaching and I too have 2 little ones at home now (baby girls just a week old and a 21 month old boy). Im fortunate though that the spots I hunt (some private and crowded or public land) are only 20 min drives from home. Wife and I have already discussed future potential arguements we may have this season. That being said im going to only hunt the best possible days and weather conditions. Hunt smarter not harder. Good luck this season.

    • Dan Johnson September 23, 2015 at 11:43 am #

      Thanks for reading Scott! Good luck this season!

  2. Ian Schrank September 23, 2015 at 2:12 am #

    If you were confident with them in Idaho why would you change that for a deer in Iowa? Unless you feel that the mechanical head is that much greater I wouldn’t mess with the setup this late in the year.

    • Dan Johnson September 23, 2015 at 11:42 am #

      You’re probably right. I just love mechanicals. đŸ™‚

  3. Jeff robbins September 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Dude you must have $3k worth of lone wold stuff in the back of your truck… Sweet!!!

    • Dan Johnson September 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

      Honestly, about half of it I got for FREE when i was a part of a hunting show.

  4. Jake September 23, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    I honestly don’t think it takes that much time to switch broadhead types. As long as you’re aware that you need to spend the time readjusting – and you do take the time to do so – you should be okay.

  5. Jeff September 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    This might sound like a strong statement, but anything mechanical will/has failed at some point. I switch all my broadheads back to G5 Montec to avoid any possible mechanical failures. We have enough to think about in the woods and this is one that I might have some sort of control over.

    Thanks, great blog

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