2018 Ends–2019 Begins
Well, its been a couple weeks since my last blog. Now you’d think that would mean there’s a lot for me to talk about here. But that’s not really the case. While we have been out and about a bit since the last week of December, it hasn’t resulted in us gathering a whole lot of content for our blog. So let’s get right to my report of what’s been happening, and then I’ll fill you in on what we’ll be doing in the very near future.
To say that our winter weather has provided us with a roller coaster of conditions would be an understatement. We’ve had a three to four inch snow cover and watched it slowly melt away. We then received another three to four inches of snow, only to see the temps rise and the snow melt away once again. This pattern seems to have gripped much of the upper midwest, including the state of Iowa.
The reason I mentioned Iowa specifically is because I was the lucky recipient of an Iowa non-resident late season muzzle loader tag this year. Based on numerous successes during past Iowa muzzle loader hunts, I was more than just a little pumped about the opportunity to have another go ’round with those giant Iowa whitetails.
But to put it very bluntly, my excitement and expectations were quickly throttled upon arriving in Iowa last week. The daytime high temperature on that day touched 50 degrees. And the temperature did nothing but continue to rise over the next few days. Even worse, a strong high pressure system kept the skies virtually cloudless and the winds extremely light. In short, this meant that evening deer movement was restricted to the final 20-30 minutes of daylight. And that’s when antlerless deer first started moving! Jake and I never did see anything that remotely resembled a mature buck–even at a distance.
As I sit here writing this the date is January 8th. And that means the Archery Trade Association Show is literally right around the corner. Fact is, Jake and I will be leaving very early tomorrow morning for the Minneapolis airport, where we’ll jump on a jet bound for Louisville, Kentucky (the sight of this year’s ATA Show). The show actually runs from Thursday January 10th through Saturday January 12th.
In the event you don’t know, the ATA Show is the largest archery manufacturers show in the world. Unlike hunting and fishing shows, deer classics, and similar outdoors related events, the ATA Show is not open to the public. Rather, it’s purpose is to bring hundreds of archery product manufacturers together under one roof to display their latest and greatest products for the thousands of archery industry people who attend the show. It’s mainly a venue for retailers to write many of their product orders for the upcoming year.
As you might expect, the ATA Show also attracts many of today’s bowhunting celebrities. While walking the aisles it’s entirely possible that you could run into people like Ted Nugent, Jim Shockey, Michael Waddell, Bill Jordan, Lee & Tiffany Lakosky, Stan Potts and many other notable personalities.
For Jake and I, the ATA Show provides an opportunity to hook up with many of our sponsors and some of our bowhunting colleagues. Some of these people also happen to be very good friends. It’s great seeing them all and getting caught up on what’s been happening in their lives. Oh, and we just might spend a bit of time swapping bowhunting stories as well.
At the beginning of this blog I talked about how the weather around our place in Wisconsin hasn’t been very winter-like. But this isn’t to say that other parts of the state haven’t seen their share of snow. For instance, my buddy Brody Moreland recently sent me some photos of his oldest son playing in the snow at their house near Brule, Wisconsin. According to Brody, at one point they had well over a foot of snow on the ground, and it appeared that they could be in for a severe, deer-killing type winter.
Thankfully, our recent stretch of above freezing temps and no additional snowfall has helped ease the stress a bit on deer and other forms of wildlife in far northern Wisconsin. Hopefully this weather pattern holds true for just a bit longer.