I admit to being a wildlife watching junkie. As I write this blog I'm watching a cock pheasant, a dozen Hungarian partridge and two mule deer foraging in my front yard. I've always had a fondness for watching animals. It lead to an interest in wildlife photography and, of course, an insatiable appetite for hunting.
Watching animals and noting behavior is a definite bonus to you as a hunter. Not only do you pick up on small and distinct mannerisms, but if you have the opportunity to watch animals in a natural setting you might catch a glimmer of bedding and feeding preferences.
You don't need to hike miles into the wilderness to have a front row seat, either. I have a small wildlife park in my front yard. The bird seed I put out attracts all grain-loving creatures, and you can do the same. Plus, nearby urban parks, state parks and national parks can all offer glimpses of wildlife to quench your interest.
And don't forget about zoos. If you can't get out in the field this weekend, a winter visit to the zoo can also feed your wildlife interest. A couple weeks back we visited the San Diego zoo, and I'd likely still be there gawking if the family didn't drag me to another attraction.
Watching wildlife is a great way to spend a day and it will definitely make you a better hunter. Enjoy the weekend even you can't be on the hunt!
Is that mountain lion watching me and smacking its lips?