For bow hunters (bow hunters is another name for gluttons for punishment), these beautiful summer days in July and August are to be cherished if you can appreciate and endure very hot temperatures with sweat drenching humidity (in between the numerous thunderstorms), yellow flies, mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, active alligators, snakes and all the other beautiful flora and fauna that surrounds you as you bike and hike with eyes burning from your sweat, and your heart beating out if your chest.
It's a test of wills and strength. It's definitely mind of matter. Your mind wanders and you ponder the meaning of life and why you don't have one, in moments of weakness you even question why you are out here but then you snap back and go through mental checklists...did I remember the SD cards, how pissed you are that your snake boots are no longer waterproof, why you have no friends that will go with you, etc. Then you settle into a groove, conserve energy when you can, focus on your surroundings, the next location to scout, next game camera to replace the SD card, drink regularly from your packs hydration reservoir, etc., and re-discover that this is where you belong, This is real life for you. And this makes you a better hunter.
To add to the fun this year, August is wet and getting wetter. Over the top of your boots wet.
Valuable pre-season scouting tools: