As most of the country is being pounded by snow and cold temps, we ponder what we can do in the off-season of deer hunting. Like most of you, hunting is a passion not just a hobby. When I am not hunting, I am thinking about hunting. I am constantly looking for ways to continue to hunt or further my skills for the hunting season. Below, are a few things that you can do in the off-season to continue to hone those skills, find other species to hunt, or even prepare for the next deer season!
Where I am from, we can hunt deer (antlerless only) through April, but most places you can’t do that. So, what do you do if you are limited? Below is a list of 10 things that I have found to keep me busy. My challenge to you is to complete all 10! Let me know by commenting on how it worked for you.
- Join an indoor archery league to hone those skills and keep you sharp for the coming hunting season in the fall.
- Prepare for Spring Turkey season and\or Spring Bear season
- It is a good time to thin out the Coyote packs that you have in your area
- If duck season is still in, take up hunting waterfowl. Be careful though, it is very addicting!
- Start shed hunting; see what survived this past year’s onslaught of hunters in the woods. Doesn’t take a lot of effort, just look around for antlers, plus it is great exercise.
- Join a 3D league! A lot of fun and you can start to incorporate your family into the outdoor lifestyle. Great place to start your kids, they will love it. Check out the Rinehart R100 shoots.
- Take up Bowfishing, fast past, yet very competitive.
- Plan your hunts for next year; start with a budget on what you are willing to spend and look for places to go. Apply for tags/permits (if it is not too late already)
- Look to upgrade your equipment, hunting clothes, boots, etc. This is a great time to get some really good deals on closeouts and clearance items. Get ready now, the season will be here before you know it.
- Start scouting and preparing to put in food plots, mineral licks, planting trees etc. This will help get a good jump on the coming months of preparation. Good deer management is key to having a successful hunting season next year.
This list should keep you busy for most of the off-season. The next deer hunting season will be here before you know it. If you can do all 10, great! If you can only do a handful or just one, great, but don’t let this great opportunity pass you by. Remember to always continue to learn!
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