Even though the calendar year begins with January, for the outdoorsman it begins with September.

You have to purchase all your fishing and hunting licenses for the next year: Dove season opens the first Saturday in September, teal season opens mid-September, bow season opens October 1, etc. ...

But it’s also when the days start to get shorter and the nights a little cooler that, for me, is the beginning of change. Leaves start to turn bright red and orange and you're cutting the grass once every two weeks instead of once a week. Footballs are flying through the air and the first frost is right around the corner.

All this change means one thing to an outdoorsman - a new hunting season has arrived!!!

You’re now in the mode of building and brushing duck blinds. You have to check your deer stands for wasps and make sure they are in good shape for hunting. Guns are cleaned, sighted and ready for action and your ATV has been serviced and gassed up.

Shooting lanes have been cleared and food plots are in the ground, while feeders are all loaded with grain and the dinner bells are set to go off twice a day in the hopes of fattening up your deer herd or wild hogs you’ll be hunting this fall.

With all this being said, there’s just no other time of year that brings so much excitement and anticipation for the outdoorsman. We’re more excited than a kid on Christmas morning!!!

We look forward to gathering with our family and friends to talk about hunts of the past and how the biggest buck of our lifetime got away. But it’s the stories and memories we share that make the new season another one to remember.

From all the guys at the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show, we hope this new season is your greatest one ever! Please stay safe and make sure to wear your hunter's orange when required.

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