For me, summer is a time of sadness, only because it’s in between turkey and deer season. I finished up turkey season about three weeks ago here in Ohio, and other than work and my internship, I don’t have a whole lot going on. I’m counting down the days until I can get back into the woods and try to fill the freezer full of venison. In the meantime, I’ll give you some tips to stay motivated during the heat of the summer heading into the fall.
- Practice shooting – This should be a year-long thing, but in the summer, you have time to fine tune everything before that big ole buck steps in front of you. I like to check all of my pins on my bow, and then practice different shot angles from different elevations. You never know what kind of shot you’ll be presented with, so it’s always best to prepare for everything.
- Scout for the upcoming season - It’s never too early to start scouting for next season. I like to drive around and make sure I have all of my hunting permission lined up. After that, I’ll go around and put out my trail cameras to see what kind of deer I have in a particular area. This is a great time to watch the deer develop over the summer months. Of course a deer’s habits will probably change by October, but it never hurts to check it out.
- Cast a line – Fishing is a great way for people to relax. After a week of work, I like to kick back in a lawn chair and fish. Even if I don’t catch anything it’s still better than work or school any day! I mostly fish in the summer because that’s when I have the most time. Every now and then I’ll head to Lake Erie to catch some perch to fry up, but mostly I stick to local ponds and reservoirs.
- Catch up on some of the latest hunting DVDs – Now I can’t stand being inside on a nice, sunny day. But here in Ohio, we’ve experienced A LOT of rain so far this year. During this time I catch up on my hunting shows. Man, I’ll tell you something, my girlfriend has to be sick of watching Buck Commander and Bone Collector! I love her, though! She knows the only way I can fall asleep at night is to the sound of a hunting show.
- Time for any new equipment needed – I’m not made of money, so during the summer I try to save up for any new equipment I may need for the upcoming season. This is a great time to buy anything you might need. Who wants to be sighting in a new gun or bow the day before season opens? Talk about a stressful situation for some people! I’d much rather take my time and dial my bow in well before the first day of season.
Well, that’s a list of five things that keep me busy during the summer months. It’s only June, and I’m already counting down the days until I can go after a big buck!