The Hunt is On

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Kevin VanDam

Kevin VanDam

In the world of professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam is at the pinnacle and arguably the best in the world.

This one's going to be short. I've been on the road for a few weeks, so I'm spending some time with my family and trying to do a little deer hunting.

The rest of the offseason is manageable. Most of my professional commitments are for a couple of days rather than a couple of weeks. I like that better. Travel's not all it's cracked up to be when you have a family.

That's especially true after a long season. You need some downtime with the ones you love. I'm not complaining, though. It could be worse — like not having any professional commitments in the offseason. That would definitely be worse.

I spent last week hunting and saw several good bucks. I'm only interested in mature deer — those between 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 years old. I saw one good one. He was big enough to shoot. I'd say he would have scored in the 145 plus range on the Boone and Crockett scoring system. But I couldn't get him in close enough. That day belonged to him.

I bow hunt and want to make sure my shots are good. The last thing I want to do is wound a big one. And besides, there are a couple of weeks left in the season. I don't want to get in a hurry.

I've also been working with the boys, helping them practice with their bows. They get better every day. I hope to be able to take them out hunting next week, weather permitting.

It's supposed to rain for a few days. I don't like to hunt in the rain. It's very difficult to track under those circumstances. The last thing I want is a wounded deer that I can't find. That's not what the sport is about.

I need to go. I'll let you know next week if we got the deer or if they got us.

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