Next Deer Season Begins Now!
by Thomas Grill
It is never too early to start preparing for next season.
For the most part, big game hunting season in the West is over. In a couple of months you may be one of the fortunate who will get a chance to sneak out for spring bear or turkey. If this is not the case, then it may be time to sit back and watch hunting show reruns until next fall. To me, the idea of sitting around in an idle state and watching someone else show off their TV tailored hunt just doesn’t sound appealing. Though it is the off season, it is never to early to start your preparation for next season.
Now is the time to get your finances back in order so that you have money to apply for licensing and to purchase that new high-tech equipment that you are yearning for. Meanwhile, don’t forget to start scheduling your vacation time around your favorite hunting hot spot. While these may be the first few things on your agenda, hunting season will be among us in no time.
Below are three important factors for hunting success. If you want to increase your odds next fall, begin now.
- PHYSICAL FITNESS
In the beginning of our existence, physical fitness was the primary key to our own species’ survival. Presently, we have become so spoiled with the option of using motorized vehicles that we are starting to lack in this category. Of course you remember how hard your heart was pounding and how heavy you were breathing while stomping through the brush last year. If you neglect this aspect of preparation, climbing that hill next season is not going to get any easier. There is an extremely large array of work out routines that you can tailor to help you preform to your utmost level in the field. It is never too early to get into some sort of physical fitness routine. Trust me, you will thank yourself on opening day.
- REALISTIC SITUATIONAL SHOOTING
The most disregarded forms of hunting preparation is realistic situational shooting. You may have mastered shooting your weapon off of a bench rest or in an indoor environment with each of your projectiles’ puncture marks kissing one another, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can do so in a real hunting situation. No matter what your weapon of choice may be, to become a more proficient shooter in the field you must train like you hunt. Shooting while wearing your hunting clothing and gear from different angles, ranges, and positions will give you the experience needed to assess any possible changes needed to your attire or weapon skills you should improve on. Do not use poor weather as an excuse. It will add a little more of an authentic touch to your shooting setting.
- KEEP YOUR KNOWLEDGE UPDATED AND CONTINUE TO LEARN
The retention of knowledge in regards to the animal is the ultimate form of respect you can show toward it. You should never stop scouting, patterning, and learning your targeted species. The most important key to greater success in the field, is obtaining behavioral, biological and psychological knowledge of these creatures. As the saying goes “If you don’t use it, you lose it”. This means that you must be repetitive in learning the actual animal. Also, you should not be using brand new equipment on opening morning without field testing and learning its capabilities beforehand. Being proficient with your equipment should not be a part-time job. You should continue to use and practice with these items throughout the offseason. Waiting until the last minute to prepare for hunting season is a mistake that you do not want to make.
Thomas’ outdoor obsession began as child when he chased whitetail deer and small game throughout the coal infested hills of Pennsylvania. Upon high school graduation, he relocated to Wyoming where he completed a four year enlistment in the U.S. military as a police officer, followed by another six year enlistment in the intelligence field. After his military obligations, Thomas, became a private contractor for the Department of Defense, which led to multiple deployments. It did not matter what the job or environment was, he was always consumed with his passion for the great outdoors. When he arrived stateside after his last Afghanistan deployment, he decided that he had to make a career out of it.
Since then, he enrolled and graduated from a professional hunting and fishing guide school based out of Colorado. He currently works as a North American hunting and fishing guide and is in pursuit of his own outfitting business. He loves his job and has the utmost respect for the sport and the wildlife. Overall, Thomas’ goal is to not only share his love for the outdoors with others, but to educate them in a manner that will promote greater success in the field. He feels that the more research you do in regards to the animals, the greater one’s obsession will become.
With over 25 years of hunting and fishing experience, Thomas has successfully hunted and fished the United States from coast to coast. Furthermore, he has even spent time hunting and fishing abroad. His preferred weapons of choice include archery and black powder equipment. If he isn’t busy chasing big or small game animals, you can find him waterside with a fishing rod in hand.