OK, folks ... we've almost completed our first full month of 2013. If you're as serious about deer hunting, land management and good times afield as I am, your New Year’s resolutions probably don't follow the script of non-hunters.
Sure, we can all probably stand to lose a few pounds and quit those bad habits and start living better. These resolutions are a formality. It's the list I recite to wife when she asks how I'm going to change my ways this year. But sneakily, in the corner of my mind, there's another list—one that's far more important and more fun than those trivial things—filled with the lessons of the past season, hope for the next one and the fun to be had in-between.
Watching the highlight reel from the first season of Jeff Foxworthy: Inside & Out gave me plenty to laugh, cry and kick myself about. (Resolution No. 1: Get better at dancing.) I'm sure you had similar reactions when you replayed the highlights (and lowlights) of your hunting season. I believe if you want to get better at anything in life, you need to reflect on what you’re doing right, what you are doing wrong and the adjustments needed to be made to improve you odds of success in the woods.
At Foxworthy Outdoors, deer hunting and land management is a year-round pursuit. As soon as we say goodbye to another season, we're getting ready for the next. We hunt shed antlers. (Resolution No. 2: Buy some rubber snakes to tie on a shed from last year, plant it on a good trail around my brother’s stand, and then sit, watch and wait with a video camera.) We plant seeds and manicure the land to be a deer paradise. (Resolution No. 3: Plant a food plot and don't tell any of the other guys where it is.) And we take joy in all the other odds and ends: practicing at the bow range, hanging stands, collecting scouting cam pics and all the practical jokes. (Resolution No. 4: Buy plenty of hot pink paint to have on hand.)
The wick on the 2013 hunting year is burning, so be sure to keep up with this blog. Look back at your season and determine what you want to learn more about or get better at and leave your comments below. I am looking forward to sharing more about what we do and learn at the farm. Let’s take it outdoors and live it up! (Resolution No. 5: Remember that the reason for going to the woods is to have fun.)