It’s hard to imagine that hunting season is almost upon us while the sun is blazing and Mother Nature is making it very clear we’re in the middle of summer. That said, opening day will be here before you know it and it’s time to make sure you’re ready for the upcoming season. Below are some tips you can use to improve your hunting skills during the summer months.

Practice in Your Hunting Gear

A great way to practice for the upcoming season is to practice while wearing the same clothes you plan to hunt in. Wearing full, thick, hunting gear in 100-degree heat is probably not the smartest thing to do, so adjust this tactic depending on where you live. We don’t want anyone to suffer a heat stroke during practice. If it’s too hot to wear the gear outside, consider practicing in your gear at an indoor range. You’ll stay cool in the air conditioning but will benefit from practicing your shot placement with the bulk of your normal gear. When the weather turns colder, you might end up making your shot with gloves on. Make sure you practice with as much of the gear as possible.

Practice From Your Blind

Something you can do no matter the temperature is practice from your Stump blind. Our blinds are equipped with a heavy wall insulation that protects the hunter from all weather conditions, including rain, snow, hot temperatures and freezing temperatures. They’re designed to keep the heat out during the summer months and the heat in during the winter months. You should be able to practice comfortably from your Stump blind, even in the middle of July, and that includes wearing some of your hunting gear.

It’s important to practice from the exact blind you plan to use during the hunting season so that you can become familiar with the angles you’ll need to use when aiming through the windows. Our Stump blinds come with multiple windows that span the entire circumference of the blind, so it would be beneficial to practice moving between the windows as if you’re tracking a deer. Also, practice from both a seated and standing position. The insulation in the wall blocks sound from coming out, in addition to blocking elements from coming in. You should be able to move from a seated position to a standing position without worrying that the noise of the chair will spook the deer.

Use 3D Targets

Bowhunters will benefit greatly from practicing with realistic 3D targets. Set one up outside of your Stump blind to practice with as accurate of a hunting scenario as you can manage. Set the target at different angles, like quartering away, quartering to and other common shot placement scenarios. Practice each one until you’re comfortable with the technique. Proper shot placement is a major factor in a successful harvest. It’s important to be prepared for as many scenarios as possible.

If you practice from your Stump blind and recreate realistic hunting scenarios, you’ll sharpen your hunting skills before you know it. Hunters should always go into hunting season prepared and practicing during the summer months will help you do that.

What do you do during the summer months to improve your skills for the fall hunting season? Let us know in the comments below!

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