This may be one of the hardest and least productive hunting seasons yet
This is why:
After a lot of juggling, planning and finagling... I have my own land. This is looking at the half (100 acres) that is already done, and behind me from that pic is another 100 acres of heavily wooded land that should be closed by the end of the month. It has a pipeline cut right through both tracts that give me a known 600 yard shot, and one that I might be able to stretch to 1000 with a little bit of tree trimming.
Downsides- it's a bit of drive from home (3 hours if I haul arse). It is hard to get into (landlocked), and has no electricity, structures or water/ well. It's not in my beloved Hill Country. It's in a 1 buck county with the goofy antler restrictions.
Upsides - Two stock tanks. Lots of woods and open land. 9 Minute drive from a GREAT bass fishing lake. It's not going anywhere.
At the end of last hunting season, I lost half of the lease that we have been hunting on for almost 12 years. The half that was sold was the part we all had our blinds and feeders on, and had the best fishing hole EVER on it. When that happened, I started putting all this in motion, so I will not lose my hunting lands again. I'm still keeping the lease on the remaining half, because it's near my hometown and has a lot of history with us. But now... I have a place that will not be sold out from under me.
Now comes the hard work. Need to get feeders and blinds, do some road clearing and building. There is some good deer sign, LOTS of pig sign, and when I was out there a few weeks ago, saw a couple of really good sized doe.
Going this weekend for the first 'improvement' trip. Gotta chainsaw a tree out of the right-of-way.
To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.