Driftwood outdoors: Sweaty trip to woods in summer will pay off

As much as I love being in the woods, traipsing into a forest during June, July and August can be more like torture than enjoyment.

Bugs sting, weeds make you itch, humidity makes you sweat, and thorns make you bleed. These elements combined are surely enough to deter the sane from exploring their hunting grounds during this time. But then there are those of us crazy enough about deer hunting to know that now is the time to be in the woods clearing lanes.

Summer is when vegetation is at its thickest. So if you go into your hunting areas and clear the lanes you need to travel and shoot during the summer, then chances are you will not have to make any more trimming efforts come fall. The tools I carry with me on clearing missions are a chainsaw, trimmer, pole saw, hedge shears and a rake.

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