Well, Saturday is opening day of our Muzzleloader season. We've been fixing up our ladderstands, organizing our hunting gear, cleaning and sighting in our firearms, sharpening knives and just generally prepping for what will be the most fun of the year for us. I love catching a big catfish, but deer camp(even if it's in your own driveway) just can't be beat for some of the best memories to be had. Soon we'll be sitting in trees before first light, waiting for that all important rush that comes with seeing the first deer of the year. Doesn't matter if it's a huge buck or a very small yearling. It' just being out there and seeing it all first hand that's important. I've watched racoons walk past my stands, coyotes, weasels of all types, snakes, bobcats and just about any other animal that's out in our woods. I think the greatest thing I've ever seen in the woods was a bobcat on the hunt. Course I didn't know this till it was all but over with. LOL I was sitting in a treestand one morning and just about 30 minutes after first light I saw a squirrel come down a tree and head across a fallen log that was lying across a dry creek bottom. About half way across the log a bobcat jumped up out of the bottom and made an attempt to grab a quick bite to eat. LOL But luckily for the little squirrel, it missed. That squirrel was in high gear back up that tree and it wasn't none too happy that the ol' bobcat had tried to make him breakfast that morning and he was letting every squirrel in the neighborhood know about it too. LOL Things like that are what stay with us for a lifetime. That happened about 7 years ago. But you know what? None of this would be nearly as fun without our friends or hunting buddies. I'm a very lucky person when it comes to that. Anyone that knows me knows that I have friend that loves to do all of this as much as I do. He has stuck with me through all the months of not catching fish this year, he helps me with nearly anything I'm doing at home. He helps with all the preps we do for hunting season and I think he enjoys it as much as I do. I'm really looking forward to this hunting season. I want to shoot a nice big buck as much as the next guy, though I'll shoot a doe just as quick if I'm legal in doing so. LOL But it's these experiences we have with good friends that make it fun and stick with you for so many years. My fishing and hunting partner is Bob Goodwin(Kittycatcher) from right here on the BOC. Bob and I have known each other since 1981 when he was my squad leader in the aviation unit I was in at Fort Carson while in the army. We really didn't start doing all this outdoor stuff til about 5 years ago, but I'm sure glad we did. He puts up with my BS and is still as good a friend as a person could ever ask for. Even if he does have a BOC fishing rod and I don't! LOL Thanks Bob!