Reviewing your hunting season is an important part of the hunting process. Like a football team studies plays from the previous game, a hunter should study their previous hunts. It’s important to know what went right and where your areas for improvement lie. Evaluating your previous hunting season will give you the edge in the year to come and help you prepare during the off-season.
Check Your Path
Knowing where you’ve been can help you know where you’re going. Look back at your records in your hunting log and study where you set up shop and indicate which areas were hot-spots and which areas were sparse. This will help you decide where to begin your hunt next year. Don’t become too stuck on the statistics, however. If you feel that a certain area is a hotbed of activity and you end up disappointed when it’s deserted next season, don’t try to force it. Stay in the area long enough to give it a fair shot, but move on if you are seeing no activity. Don’t become so dependent on the stats that you don’t adjust your tactics. Use your stats as a guideline to help you get started, then adjust your season accordingly.
Keep Up with Herd Growth
Mark areas where you saw young bucks that may be mature enough for the harvest next year. Knowing the size of deer in each area will help you prioritize your locations next year. If you’re looking for the younger bucks, head to the zone you know you’ve seen them before. If you’re in no hurry and want to stretch out the season, go to the areas where you’ve seen monster bucks and wait it out for a chance at your big harvest for the year.
Place a Feedbank Gravity Feeder in a highly trafficked area to double down on deer activity on your property. If you place it along a frequented path, you’ll entice more deer to stop on your property. Once they learn there’s a reliable food source on your property, they’ll come back more frequently, and you can begin to manipulate where they hang out. Once they get used to the feeder, you can move it to a location close to a trail camera, or your Stump blind. The deer will appear regularly on your property and you can monitor them throughout the off-season more closely.
Encourage Herd Growth
Documenting the size of the deer you’re seeing throughout the year will help you in the off-season. The feed you put out with your Feedbank Gravity Feeder will help the young deer in the area get the adequate nutrition to grow bigger and stronger. Monitor them to see which ones will be mature enough to hunt next season and which ones still need a little more time.
Evaluating your hunting tactics from the previous season is a great way to prepare for the next one. Document your hunting experiences in a hunting log and take the time to review it during the off-season. Hunting season doesn’t end when you fill your last tag. There are constantly ways to improve your game, so study that playbook and prepare yourself for next season.
What do you do to evaluate your hunting season? Let us know in the comments below!