Enter 2009 WCN deer blind contest
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Here it is the final week of October and, once again, I find myself running behind. The general hunting season for white-tailed deer begins Nov. 7, and I still have a long list of things to do before I can head for the woods.
So just how far behind am I? Well, let’s look at that for a moment. Have I taken my customary pre-season trip to the rifle range? No. Have I taken the tractor out to clean up the roads and senderos where we hunt? Nope. Have I gone through all of my equipment, sorted through the piles of camouflage in the back of the closet, or set aside the money needed to mount that monster buck I am certain to take this season? No, no, and ... no.
“Hey Honey, I know Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and several birthdays are coming up, but can I have $500 to put a dead animal on the wall?”
And, as if all that wasn’t bad enough, I still haven’t gotten around to building that luxury deer blind I have been promising my son. We enjoy the limited time we have to hunt together, but both of us would like to be a little more comfortable as we do it. That being the case, I decided to sit down and sketch out my “master plan” the other night.
I started by making a list of the features I needed and wanted in a deer blind. The list of amenities I came up with was rather long. Like any good project leader, though, I decided to prioritize them, beginning with the basics.
“Four walls, roof, floor,” I wrote on the paper. Now you may be laughing, but we often hunt from tripods, or by just sitting on the ground. And while many fine deer have been taken in this manner, we figured it’s time to start thinking about a little more comfort.
“Full-sized door, corner shelves, caulk for the seams, Plexiglas for windows,” I continued. All seemed reasonable. After all, why should I squeeze myself and gear through a small opening if I don’t have to?
“Carpet for floor, padding for rifle rest, office chairs that swivel and recline,” I scribbled on the ever-growing list. Now we are getting somewhere.
“Tap lights, heater, fan, air conditioner, mini-fridge.”
OK, so maybe I started to get a little carried away. But I ask you, would a magazine rack and beverage holder be too much?
As I worked through my list and sketch, I couldn’t help but be reminded about some of the great deer blinds I had seen in the past. Many of you will remember the deer blind contests we conducted here at the Wilson County News a couple of years ago. Many of those blinds were what I would consider luxurious, though many certainly were not.
At any rate, I thought it was time to rekindle the competition.
Since everything from 5-gallon buckets and old couches to sewer pipes and abandoned vehicles have been used for deer blinds, anyone who hunts can enter the competition. Regardless of what you hunt from, take a photo of it and send it in. Good, bad, or ugly, we want to see them all.
And, since no contest is complete without great prizes, we will reward those who finish first, second, and third in each of three categories. The categories will again be for the “best,” “worst,” and “most unique” deer blinds.
As in years past, several members of the local business community stepped up to help with the prizes. While I felt allowing winners to take me hunting was a terrific reward, others in the office disagreed. Fortunately, we received great prizes from Texaloy Foundry, Smith Propane Gas Co., Bill’s Tractor, Farmers Gin Co., Jupe Mills, Lifechek Drug Store, Faifer and Co., Allied Feeds, and Tractor Supply Co. To them, we send a huge “thank you.”
To enter the contest, simply send us a photo of your deer blind or blinds, along with your name, address, and daytime telephone number. Photos can be mailed to our office at 1012 C Street, Floresville, TX 78114, or submitted by e-mail to email@example.com. All photos become property of the Wilson County News and will not be returned. Entries must be received by close of business Dec. 3.