Even though it is the off season there is so much that can be done at this time of year. Here are some things to keep in mind with the “off season” in full motion:
- Trim up the woods: Remember sitting in the tree stand and telling yourself, “If only that branch was not there I could have more range to get the shot that counts…” Don’t let that thought linger too long. With spring right around the corner and trees starting to bud, get out there and do some cutting. This is the perfect time of year to get out there and trim, cut, and creates new shooting lanes. Why? Because the trees have yet to bud and grow leaves. This makes for a much easier clean up. Pulling branches and trees out with no leaves is easier than a tree or branch in full bloom.
- Tree Stand Maintenance: Taking down your tree stand at least once a year is a great habit to form. Checking the straps bolts, and overall condition of the tree stand helps maintain the durability of the stand so that it will last longer.
- Smelling up the woods: By going out there now and doing the majority of the work for this up and coming hunting season, there is plenty of time for your scent to fade away so that there is no longer any trace.
- Ground prep: Once the ground has thawed in your state, take time to clean up the grounds that you may be putting down corn, food plots, or mineral licks. By doing this the ground will be soft and easier to work. Don’t worry ab0ut planting or tilling just the prep of getting it ready to plant or work.
Remember that time spent in the off season helps the hunting season. Get out there and practice, enjoy the outdoors, and have fun!