For most of the US, deer season is only a couple months away! Here are five things that you can be doing now to get ready for the best part of the year.
Get In Shape
This is an area where almost all of us could stand to improve. Being in good shape makes the hunt easier and more enjoyable. This includes everything from setting up tree stands, to building a food plot, to shooting a bow, and even dragging a dead deer out of the woods. Physical fitness is even more important on a backcountry hunt, but being in good shape also makes sitting in a freezing deer stand for hours upon end easier as well.
Fortunately, you don’t have to do anything crazy to really see a difference with physical fitness. If you improve your routine everyday you will be ready for deer season. If you don’t workout a lot, just start walking long distances or jogging. Take hikes on the weekends, or squeeze in some bodyweight exercises like pushups and squats on your break at the office. Anything can help get you be ready to pack out a trophy buck.
Spending time in the woods and learning where the deer eat, where they sleep, and where they travel will give you an edge on the upcoming season. Knowing your area will always benefit you when hunting season arrives. Learn the diet and habits of the game in your area and gather as much information as you can.
Check your Gear
Inspecting your gear to see if anything needs to be repaired or replaced is best done before the season starts. Do this at the end of winter when the sales are going at your local store. Having working gear is essential to your success. You don't have to spend a fortune, but make sure you are ready for the hunt.
It is always a good idea to practice shooting. Put in the work now so when it comes time to pull that trigger you don’t feel rusty. Hit the range months before deer season, because we all know how crowded it gets the week before the season starts. Work out any kinks and make sure your rifle is driving nails.
Check the Regs
Always have your local state regulation book that has all the information on hunting. Familiarize yourself with the maps and game information. Double check zones, dates, etc. so that you don’t shoot a big buck 1 day before the area opens…