You'll receive the August 2012 issue of North American Hunter in the coming weeks. You can look forward to an amazing new design with plenty of surprises in the mix. One very special addition that you'll really enjoy: Jeff Foxworthy joined the team! You'll absolutely love his hilarious new "Parting Shots" column. Now, join us as we welcome Jeff to HuntingClub.com with his new "Head to the Truck" blog! Take it from here, Jeff.
I’ll admit it, I am a "deer nut." My wife often teases me when she says, “I don’t see how you can turn down an invitation to go the Oscars or Grammys, but you never miss opening day of deer season.” Well, it's not much of a head-scratcher, honey. I would much rather be in a treestand dressed in camo bibs than wearing a tuxedo.
I cut my teeth hunting quail and rabbits with my dad on the family farm, but when I strolled past the first set of deer tracks I ever saw, well, I just became obsessed with learning about how an animal of that size could survive with no one taking care of it. In time, I learned that they were being cared for. I, along with countless other hunters, am part of the group of conservationists who have the animals’ best interests in mind. This is the attitude I apply to work on my farm.
I'm never afraid to experiment. Through trial-and-error on my farm, I've learned how to grow and hold some really impressive bucks. I want to know everything about whitetails. Where they bed and why, what they prefer to eat and when, what type of cover makes them nervous and what type makes them calm. These are the thoughts on my mind 99 percent of the time (and the reason I forgot my anniversary again this year), whether I'm in the field or not.
Just the other day, I was in Delaware for a show. When I woke up, I called Glenn Garner, the land manager at my farm in Georgia. The call was to remind him to check all the scouting cams around the property and e-mail me any good photos we captured. Right before I went on stage, my phone buzzed with an incoming message. I was crunched for time, but I did what every other self-respecting hunter would do: I dropped my notes of the jokes I was reviewing, downloaded the attached images and loved what I saw. I walked onto the stage with an extra pep in my step, knowing the turkeys and deer were enjoying the food plot we just planted—and I even remembered all my punch lines.
Now, that's probably the last time I'll bring up showbiz as I write these "Head to the Truck" blog posts. What I really want to talk about is my passion for whitetails and managing land. I’m no Theodore Roosevelt, but I do have a passion for the great outdoors that runs consistent with millions of Americans. We will learn, together, about how to better manage our land for wildlife, and I look forward to sharing the insights behind the success we've seen at Foxworthy Farms.
So bookmark this blog, click "Like" below to share it on Facebook, e-mail it to your hunting buddies and check back often—I'm watching. You can access my blog directly by going to HuntingClub.com/JeffFoxworthy. Now let's enjoy a few laughs and get our hands dirty as we work to improve the quality of our time in the outdoors.