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I just got home from the deer lease. Where my boss J.J. who also happens to be my closest friend, his son, and I spent the day cleaning things up and getting everything ready for the season. Down here it is common for hunters to lease property from ranchers specifically for hunting. This prevents situations where there are too many hunters in one area, and all the mishaps that can be the result. We had plenty to do, cleaning up the campers and making sure everything around camp worked. Then going to each blind to clean them up and make sure they were secure, and no damage had been done over the off season.
Three of our blinds had some very interesting surprises for us. Owl’s had decided they made perfect dwellings for delivering and hatching their young. There was not much we could do about them, because all three had young chick’s. We did not want to evict the Owls at this critical stage, because the baby Owls had not gotten their wings, and could not fly. There was no way we were going to tamper with them, or disturb them in fear of the mother abandoning them. So we just left the blinds open, and made sure they would stay open to allow the mother Owl to come and go as she pleased.
One of the disadvantages of having Owls move in and claim homestead rights on your blind is, they are incredibly nasty messy birds. For something so beautiful, they sure leave a horrendous mess. All three blinds had about two inches of Owl excrement, and discarded remains of small victims. We will not be able to clean these blinds out until after deer season starts. Hopefully by then the chick’s will be flying, and able to leave the nest. Next time we go, I’ll have to take the cameras so I can get pictures of them to show everybody. I can tell you the adult Owl is a beautiful bird, but those babies, ugly ugly ugly.
For the most part the day went pretty good. We got everything done that needed to be done except for cleaning out those three blinds. We got to spend some wonderful time in the country, far from the troubles of city life. Now we just have to wait for season to open, and then enjoy the great outdoors.