The archery deer season opens Oct. 2 – are you prepared? Now is the time to check equipment and contact landowners in your search of property to hunt.

With the Oct. 2 opening of the archery deer season fast approaching, I hope you’ve been busy preparing. You know what I mean. Taking care of all the little things like inspecting your bow and other equipment for damage. Making sure your camo is as scent-free as possible. Practicing with your equipment as well as judging distance. All those little things that can make the difference when the moment of truth finally arrives.

One thing I hope you haven’t overlooked is speaking to the landowners of the property you plan to hunt and making sure you are still welcome. Let’s face it, things change and one or more of those changes could greatly impact your hunting season. Never take for granted that just because you’ve hunted that location for years that it’s still available to you. Perhaps the property has changed ownership, or maybe there have been new buildings erected, or perhaps the landowner wishes to hunt that location themselves. Find out these things now, not the morning of the hunt.

Larry Hendricks is an avid outdoorsman from Union County.

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