In the last couple of days I have been getting some of my tree stands and related bear baiting material out into the woods. In a few days we can legally start baiting bear here in Maine in preparation for the coming fall bear season which kicks off on August 27th, 2012. The month prior to the opening of the season has me clearing lanes, and lugging bait to my bait sites here in the woods of Northern Maine.
During these frequent forays into the woods I have the opportunity to see and experience many of God's creations. I often see rabbits, grouse, hawks and moose. Many of the bait sites also have a fair population of mosquitoes and black flies. The one creature that is somewhat of a nemesis to me is the Deer Fly. Deer flies are a ferocious creature that are immune to any insect repellant that I know of. Most locations this time of year will have a few of these nasty things, but some areas have thousands. A couple of my bait sites are home to deer flies in the hundreds to thousands.
When I get to leave the relative safety of my truck with a bucket of bait in either hand it is a race to get the bait to the site before the horde of voracious biting deer flies manage to inflict too much damage. Fortunately for the hunters who will be arriving in a few weeks, the deer flies will have pretty much disappeared when they get here. The clients usually comment on what a great gig I have. They do not really get to see me covered in sweat and mud swatting deer flies with one hand and lugging 50 pounds of bait with the other. They get to experience a nice quiet piece of Maine while waiting for a bear to possibly visit.
This brings me back to the question of why are deer flies necessary? The only answer that I can come up with is to keep people in their vehicles and away from my hunting spots. Many people in these parts spend a fair amount of time riding the back roads, but they are usually versed in the pain that can be inflicted by 100's of deer flies. No Mainer with a lick of sense will get out of their truck when you can look out the window and see a swarm of deer flies. So God put deer flies here to either keep my hunting spots safe from curious people or to prove that I ain't got a lick of sense.