Some retailers like Menards only bring in stands around deer season or have extremely limited inventory. If you are wanting to pick up some new sets, start hitting the stores late December or early January. You may even be able to negotiate. I have a client who has become a master at negotiating price for stands used as displays. The store manager does not want to disassemble the stands and on top of a discounted price, they are already put together!
If you have holes in your outdoor wardrobe, real or metaphorical, start looking at the clearance racks. You may run into odd sizing but every now and then, you strike gold! Storing inventory costs money and no retailer wants to lose money. A few years back I was able to get an outstanding duck hunting jacket for well over 60% off! I still use it today.
If you have all you need please save your money. We do not want you spending hard earned cash for gear you do not need, but if you could use another stands or a camo jacket, take the gift cards you get for Christmas and hot foot it down to your favorite retailer. You might come back with all you need for the 2020 deer season!
What is the best deal you have ever found in the off-season? Let us know in the comments!
By Erin Wade
Now that hunting season is over it is time to set traps and hunt predators. Coyotes, raccoons, opossums and even skunks can significantly impact your deer and turkey populations.
Always check your local trapping and small games guidelines for season dates.
Improve your land:
There are multiple ways to make your property better, but after season is the best time to survey your land and decide where work is needed. Start by working with a professional forester who can evaluate your timber and make suggestions for trees to cull and trees to keep! By cutting out selected trees you are opening the canopy which allows sunlight to reach the ground creating more suitable habitat for your property.
You can also hinge cut trees to create bedding areas. Hinged cut trees, if done correctly, are still alive and will produce green vegetative growth producing safety and forage.
Most people will plant a springtime food plot and then forget about it. This is a good time to map out and clear out future plots. If you already have existing food plots in place, frost seeding can help you maintain your stand of clover. Frost seeding doesn’t require as much work. Broadcast the seed over the existing food plot. When springtime comes, the thaw will pull your seeds into the dirt. Between January and March is generally the best time to broadcast the seed. This will only be effective on existing food plots. If you wish to do this on a new plot, kill all vegetation the fall before you frost seed.
Trail Cam Surveys:
We run our trail cameras all year round. This is especially important to determine when bucks start shedding their antlers. It also helps us know which deer have survived hunting season and mother nature. Once we see the antlers starting to drop, we start shed hunting.
If you plan on upgrading stands, building box blinds or hanging other sets, now will give you the best view of your proposed set up.
Trails this time of year are very well worn, letting you know exactly how the deer are traveling.
Now is the time to plan, prepare to produce for next year. What activities will you do to prepare your land for next season?
Erin Wade is a Sargent in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Knox. In her free time, she is either in the gym or in the field spending hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors with her family.
To Erin, hunting, fishing and conservation isn’t a hobby; it is a passion. She loves getting her hands dirty and working the land.
Here are some tips that will help you jump start your 2020 resolutions to get #FitToHunt:
Define your goal:
Most people want to lose weight or improve their fitness. The problem is they leave the objective open ended. To say “I want to lose weight” is a wish. If you state “I will lose 10 pounds by March 30, 2020,” you have created a definable goal. You can further define your action plan by listing weekly goals.
Another common flaw in the New Year’s Resolution effort is trying to change everything at once. Studies have shown if you opt for one change in your life, you will be 66% likely to make it stick. Add two changes and your success rate plummets to 33%. Instead of going on a diet that will change everything about how you eat, pick one strategy such as eating 15 grams of protein for breakfast every day. Once you make that part of your everyday routine, add another tactic such as a piece of fruit mid-morning.
Be realistic with your time:
Gyms make their money in January because everyone joins with the greatest intent to exercise 60 minutes a day; 5-6 days a week. To avoid burning out in the first few weeks, start with an exercise duration that you can easily accomplish with little to no effort. Build gradually vs. participating in workouts that smash you in the teeth and leave you sore for days.
Enjoy your activity:
Join a gym every year only to quit within a month? You may be performing the wrong type of exercise.
Just because your gym has treadmills doesn’t mean you should be using them.
What activities do you enjoy?
If you find a form of exercise that makes you want to come back and do it again, do more of that type of exercise within reason.
It is easier to accomplish your goals with a team of supportive, like-minded individuals who are keeping you laser focused.
It is the #1 reason we created Fit To Hunt!
Make sure to surround yourself with people who have your best interests at heart.
The professional coaches at Fit To Hunt are dedicated to your success and can customize an exercise program that will help you crush your goals.
No matter your fitness level, age or goal.
To get started email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.
Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!