Here we are at the second week of a new year. Have you set some goals for 2013? I’m not talking about those that fall by the wayside—exercising more, texting less, losing weight, stop biting your nails, be more fiscally responsible (I wish the government would stick to that one), etc.
No, I’m talking about hunting resolutions. Here are a few to consider.
1. Plant food plots for year-round nutrition. Everyone thinks about planting a tempting food plot to lure a monster buck into range, but what about the rest of the year? Make sure your food plots address year-round nutritional needs. Take advice from Dr. Grant Woods of GrowingDeer.TV. Remember, wildlife can’t order a large pizza and breadstick special from Dominos.
2. Try a new hunting tactic. Are you a diehard treestand sitter? Are you a spot-and-stalk virgin? This year, consider implementing a new hunting strategy. And while you’re at it, try hunting a new species. DIY pronghorn hunts are easy to plan with high success, especially early-season bowhunts.
3. Take a nonhunter hunting. It can be your spouse, child, neighbor kid or the retiree down the street—invite a nonhunter to the field. Plan an easy hunt in mild weather to ensure a great experience. Spring turkey hunting is an excellent choice for a pants-wetting rush when a tom cracks a gobble at 10 yards.
4. Hunt small game. The majority of hunters pursue whitetails; it’s a statistical fact. But if you’re like me, you started out with small game. Renew your hunting enthusiasm and chase a bunny or sit over a duck decoy spread. Can you say “hasenpfeffer?”
5. Assess your hunting image. The way you’re seen in public reflects on all of us as hunters. Ditch the “happiness is a large gut pile” T-shirt and make sure to wash all blood off of your truck after the hunt. Little things like this guarantee that hunting will continue to receive high marks in public polling.
What are your hunting goals for 2013? Share your comments below.