In just fourteen days, deer season will begin here in Area 2 of Northwest Louisiana. Archery season always begins on October 1 and that's just two weeks off. Gun season is set to begin on October 31 this year, so that gives us a little more time for preparation, but that time is getting shorter with each passing day.

As an avid deer hunter, I thought it might be a good idea to pass along some helpful hints about the most important things you should be doing right now to prepare to have a successful and fun year chasing those whitetails.

Now, I'm talking about "important" things. Sure, it is important to sight in your deer rifle. And anyone can be responsible enough to check out their box stand for safety and make sure that all their old hunting clothes and insulated underwear are in good enough shape to take on another year, but what I'll cover are those truly "Important" things.

Of course, along with all these suggestions, I'd be remiss if I didn't add that one of the biggest things you should prepare for is to figure out which kid(s) you'll take with you. In my humble opinion, that's the greatest responsibility of all of us hunters; to pass the baton. To spread the passion of the outdoors and the love of God's creation.

So let's take a look at just what's deemed "Important."