Making a pre-season checklist can help you plan for the upcoming hunting season. Staying organized will help you go into your hunts prepared and focused. Use our tips below to create your own pre-season hunting checklist.
1. Check Your Equipment
Now is the perfect time to visit your local archery shop and have your bow tuned. Your local shop will be able to replace any frayed bowstrings or realign any limbs that have been thrown out of alignment. Recurve bows can bend or warp over time if they’re not stored properly. Throughout the year you want to make sure you’re storing your bows safely to prevent any damage. Whenever you’re storing it for a long time, when you go on vacation for example, it might be wise to unstring your bow. When you’re practicing often, you can leave it in-tact and hung properly from pegs on the wall or on a bow rack. No matter how often you’re practicing, you want to avoid standing your recurve bow up on end and leaning it against a wall. This will put too much pressure on the bottom limb and will bend the limbs out of alignment. Practicing proper bow care during the year will help you avoid any headaches during hunting season. Having your bow looked at by a bow technician will help you ensure the bow is in optimal shape because they might see something you may have missed.
2. Place Your Stump Blind
You also still have time to place your Stump blind if you haven’t done so already. Setting up your blind now will give the deer time to acclimate to it as part of the landscape. When you place your blind, make sure you’re wearing a scent-eliminating product. Since it’s close to opening day, less than a month away in Minnesota, you want to be very vigilant about your scent from now on. Our Stump blinds are designed to resemble a tree stump, so as long as you give the deer time to get used to it and don’t visit it every day or pressure the area, they’ll eventually accept it as another tree. Our Stump blinds are also very easy to move around, so you can set it up quickly. If you’re placing your blind on your own property, you can leave it up 24/7, but if you’re hunting on public land, check your state’s regulations about leaving a blind out overnight.
3. Check Your Trail Cameras
In the last few weeks leading up to opening day, check your trail cameras to gather last minute information about the deer herd in your area. Put some time in between your trail camera visits to avoid scent contamination since it’s so close to opening day, the same reasoning as covering scent when placing your blind applies. See if any new bucks have appeared, what the status of their antlers are, or if the buck to doe ratio has changed. Staying current with your information will create a successful hunting season.
A pre-season checklist is a great way to make sure you’re organized before opening day. Our tips above should help you prepare for the upcoming season and hopefully make it a successful one.
What items are on your pre-season checklist to set you up for success? Let us know in the comments below!