Summer is almost here and deer season is long behind you. Now is the time to relax, hang out around the pool, play golf, or get some fishing done. But real hunters know that if you want to beat the competition, now is not the time for any of that. The off season is the best time to start prepping for the upcoming hunting seasons. The earlier you start, the further ahead you’ll be when opening day rolls around.
North American Whitetail outlines ten ways you can use the offseason to start preparing for the upcoming hunt. Some tips they recommend include, sighting in your bow or rifle, checking your gear (including your stands), and setting up your trail cams. You could even take it a step further and set up your mock licking branches and scrapes now. These mocks may not be as effective as they would during the prerut. But they will give you a good indication where the deer are in your area.
If you plan to bow hunt next season, Bowhunting.com has, even more, ways to prepare this summer. This list includes 12 great ways to stay sharp during the offseason. Staying sharp is important to make sure you are at your peak on opening day. One great way to stay on top of your game during the off-season is to bow-kill a hog or turkey. According to the article “No practice compares to the real thing. To lock your pin on fur, feathers or scales and execute a perfect shot will supplement your shooting skills like a backyard target cannot.” The article outlines another 11 great tips for bow hunters this upcoming season.
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