This isn’t ground-breaking advice. But it bears repeating: If you don’t practice, you won’t hit what you’re aiming at very often. And is that not the point?
Shooting your bow or gun during the summer months is fun. And it’s fun with a purpose.
Establish a summer shooting ritual and stick to it.
2. GET PERMISSION
Most of us likely have places that we’ve hunted for a long time. We assume we will continue to hunt them in the future. But what would happen if you lost your hunting ground?
For those of us who rely on the kindliness of landowners who allow us to hunt by permission, that’s a dangerous assumption to make. Now is the time to make certain you still have a place to hunt come fall. It’s also the time to seek out new areas.
While it’s true that gaining access to good hunting ground is getting harder and harder, it’s still quite possible to gain permission simply by asking. But waiting until the week before bow season opens certainly isn’t the right way to go about it.
3. SHAPE UP
I realize this is odd advice coming from a guy who despises “exercise.” But that doesn’t mean I don’t do things to get myself ready for deer season.
I cover a ton of ground each fall. Most of that is on foot and with treestands, climbing sticks, camera gear and a heavy pack on my back.
I’m not one who is going to go running. Or lift weights. Or join my wife’s Zumba classes.
Instead, I work.
This summer I finally decided to tear down the dilapidated pole barn in my back yard and replace it with one that actually will serve a purpose. While building a pole barn isn’t exactly the same as training for a marathon, it’s plenty of hard work and my sore muscles at the end of the weekend tell me progress is being made. In more ways than one.
If you’re anything like me, there’s no shortage of projects that need to be done. Do them. Physical labor is not just good for the Honey Do list. It’s also a great way to get some work in that’ll pay off come fall.