11 things to do during a global pandemic.
Phrases like “social distancing, “ and “shelter in place” may seem like a death sentence to many outgoing people who love to hit the clubs and bars, but for hunters it seems like a normal day in the woods. Unfortunately, this time of year is not a major hunting season in most states and with weeks passing, the symptoms of cabin fever are probably the worse thing most of us are facing. So what’s a hunter to do during this lockdown (not to be confused with the rut lockdown occuring every November in the Midwest)? Here’s a list to help keep even the usually socially distant of us sane.
Go through your gear: as long as you’re sitting around, you might as well go through, inventory, patch up, and get new gear you need. Make sure stands are in tip top shape, nuts are tightened, hinges lubed. Get all those squeaks out. It’s a great time to figure out what worked last year, and take those mental notes you made on things to improve and take care of them. Soundproofing your sticks, stands, and other items is one of those small things that has big consequences, so take care of that too. (See our industry-best product Buck Bumper for silencing all your equipment HERE). Need new gear? Now’s also a great time to buy, and small businesses would appreciate it too!
Shed hunt: of course this is a big deal for some, but if you haven’t tried finding some sheds from last year, this is a good time to do that and get some exercise at the same time. You’ll also learn some valuable information about where you hunt that will help you this coming fall.
Drop some pins: spring is the best time to scout for your hunting season. It allows you to clearly see all the sign from last year, and find some new hot spots. So get out and put your boots to work. Again, it’s good exercise and is one of the biggest things to help you be in the right place, at the right time about 8 months from now.
Read that stack of magazines: been putting off reading? Well pick up that book or magazine that you’ve been meaning to and improve your hunting literacy! Ok, you can even listen to a few podcasts. Learning from others can really “flatten the curve,” the learning curve that is, and increase your hunting IQ quickly.
Start a Journal: in my last blog I talked about the “#1 thing top level hunters do.” It’s journaling, and it will tremendously help you as well. It makes a person think about their hunts and what made them successful or not. This is a great habit, and the #1 thing you can do to improve as a hunter and take it to the next level. You can read more about it HERE.
Organize trail cam pictures: this is one that always comes last for me and seems to get forgotten. However, it can really be fun and also help you see patterns of deer you are hunting. Just make some folders, and take some notes in your journal about patterns you’re seeing with time of year, time of day, weather conditions, and particular deer on properties you hunt.
Plan your fall hunts: whether it be a local camp you do with friends, or a big fly-in trip to a remote location, now's the time to plan it. Procrastinate and you’ll wish you hadn’t, so be proactive and make plans. You’ll be glad you did when it's all set come September.
Clean that trophy room: you’ve got those awesome trophies, so don’t neglect these memories of glory! This is another overlooked thing for many of us. Just a light damp rag for taking dust off the hair (go with the grain), and a cue tip with some windex for the eyes.
Hone your shooting skills: is there an off season? The best way to be confident and operate like a machine in the moment of truth is to make it muscle memory. That means practicing a lot, and you can start now. Just a few minutes each day over a long period is way better than trying to cram a few weeks before season begins. You won’t regret it.
Try Turkey hunting: if you haven’t tried turkey hunting you’re really missing out. Not only is it a fun way to get outdoors and beat the covid blues, but you’ll hone your whitetail skills at the same time. Check out our blog on “why whitetail hunters must turkey hunt” HERE.
Get in shape: Just like shooting, staying in physical shape is better as a habit than a binge. Doing something at least 5 days a week really keeps your body in good shape and is much easier than the yo yo of getting in and going out of shape. Your results in the field will also increase the better shape your in, so start now!
These are a few things you can do to beat the covid blues.. what’s yours? Put it in the comments below!
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