If you are a serious hunter, you truly enjoy being outdoors and dread the end of hunting season. Tired of just looking forward to the next hunting season or cleaning your rifle again? Here are three outdoor hobbies for hunters that will keep you occupied and sharp for next season. These hobbies are free and will help you get or stay acquainted with the area you plan on hunting.
Hiking is a great way to stay in shape, test out new gear, and scout hunting areas. Hiking gives you the opportunity to observe wildlife without worrying about shot placement. It is one of the best ways to prepare for your hunting trip by keeping your mind and body sharp. The more time you spend in the area you will be hunting, the better your chances of a successful hunt. Hiking is a great way to scout trail camera locations as well. You have time to look for game trails and find good places to secure your cameras.
2. Shed Hunting
Hunting for sheds can be a rewarding activity in more than one way. Some sheds can be very valuable, and nearly all sheds have some value. They are also found in areas that you might be likely to find an animal during hunting season; after-all, one was there at some point to drop that antler. Shed hunting is a great way to spend a weekend with friends and family, or a day alone in the woods. It gives you the opportunity to take some less traveled roads that you may not take during hunting season. You can sit and glass a hillside, or walk through an aspen grove.
Geocaching has gained a lot of popularity recently, and with good reason. It is an excellent way to get to know the terrain as well as your GPS equipment. It gives you a rare opportunity to intimately explore the landscape and terrain features of your hunting area. It also has the added benefit of introducing you to new areas. There are geocache locations scattered across the country and you should have no problem getting the coordinates of several near you with a quick Google search. Try out your GPS and learn the different features all while enjoying a day searching for a hidden treasure. Some geocache sites have trinkets left by the previous person, and some simply have a list to write your name on. No matter what you find, you will find fulfillment and satisfaction.
These three outdoor hobbies will keep you busy, sharp, and ready for next season. They also give you the opportunity to spend more time in the places you love. No matter the season you are looking forward to, these hobbies will help you be prepared. They are all free, minus the gas and gear, and are things you can do alone or with others. Don’t forget to take a camera along on any of your excursions to document good trails, water holes, sheds, or that monster buck.