Originally Posted by Schmalzy
What a great birthday present, I am sure your son is pumped. When does deer season open in your part of the country?
That's an understatement... My just-turned 8yr old is itching to go out shooting it the next time we take it out.
Urban Archery in many DC-area counties is open now.
October 1st-ish for Bow
Nov 15th -ish for rifle.
VA has convoluted laws with damn near every county having different rules. Dates flex one way or another depending on the region of VA.
I'm going out to the couple acres of woods that I have near national forest in Shenandoah county and hang a couple stands ..maybe this weekend.
We're going to be treestand hunting.
Got some climbing sticks to make it nice and easy to get into vs. my small screw in steps.
Also bought a "FALL GUY" system and a harness to keep him safe. GREAT safety device. It is basically a seat-belt type mechanism that has a D-ring on the end instead of a buckle. The idea is that you strap to the tree above your stand and then clip your safety harness into it. Start to fall and it stops you right away like a seatbelt does. Stay clipped in on the way up/down the tree. I'll hang it then climb down and hook him in and he'll be GTG.
Since my boy will be using my stand(s) I bought a "Tree Saddle" (made by Trophyline) for me this year... It's like a parachute harness with a 'seat' area that you use to strap into the tree with. No stand needed. Just climb up the tree and make sure you have steps for your feet to rest on going around the tree so you can move around and get 270-360 degree field of fire. I'm planning on climbing up and hanging in the tree behind my boy while he hunts.
We'll see how it works. Did a rehearsal in my back yard (day and night) with my son and all the stuff and I think its going to work out real well.
Good thing is that I have a place that I personally want to hunt but no good trees to hang a stand within bow range...This saddle thing will be just the ticket for that.
Pictures of the rifle coming up as soon as I can locate the digital camera. We had house-guests last weekend and in the mad frenzy of organizing prior to their arrival we got a little too organized and now can't find things.