Physical strength isn’t the only important factor when you’re preparing for a successful hunt. Hunters should also be mentally tough and prepared for any scenario. Keeping up with your pre-hunt work is incredibly important, especially when the season is over and you need to brave the cold and keep scouting. The work you do before the hunt lays the groundwork for a successful hunt and a successful season. Check out our tips below for ways to stay mentally strong during a hunt.
Practice Your Shots
Review the hunts you’ve already been on this season and practice any scenarios where your shot could have been more effective. Recreate the shot by heading to your Stump blind and placing a target in the same location and orientation as the game you were aiming at. The full-length windows in your Stump blind will give you room to practice shots from all angles. Set up multiple targets surrounding the blind so that you can practice taking a shot out of each window. Stump blinds like the Stump 2 ‘Vision Series’ have 360-degree windows, so it would be helpful to practice maneuvering from one window to the other in preparation for scenarios where you are tracking multiple deer at one time or the same deer as it moves around your blind.
Practice any weak shots until you are comfortable with them. Make sure you are practicing from the same angle and with the same equipment you used to ensure that you’re recreating the environment as accurately as possible. Stump blinds are heavily insulated so you should be able to practice comfortably all day even in harsh winter weather.
Review Your Hunting Log
Keep a hunting log during the season that documents vital information about your hunts, like where you’ve been, the details of your harvest, and any important information you’ve gathered by scouting. Review it before each hunt so that you can go straight to the areas where you’ve made a successful harvest. It’s helpful to see all your hunts in one place to keep track of trends. If you notice a pattern in one area, investigate the surrounding area and identify places you could set up your Stump blind next year. Pay attention to trends in weather conditions as well. Are the deer active in different areas depending on the weather? Refer to your log and study what tactics worked and what didn’t during particular weather patterns.
Scouting is a great way to prep yourself mentally for a hunt. Even if hunting season is over in your area, it is still important to keep scouting during the winter. You’ll gather information on herd health by discovering sheds. A late winter shed is usually a sign that the buck is healthy. Healthy deer can keep their antlers into spring. Deer with poor nutrition could shed their antlers earlier than others. This information will help you adjust your feed this spring to provide a wider array of nutrition in your Feedbank Gravity Feeder and hopefully improve the deer herd’s health.
The steps you take before your hunt are just as important as what you do during the hunt. Make sure you practice your shots, review your hunting log, and keep scouting even after the season’s over. These steps will help you prepare for your hunt both physically and mentally. However you prepare, make sure you find a routine that works for you. You’ll be more likely to follow through with a practice routine if you make it a habit and you enjoy doing it.
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