This is my 3rd year afield. My 1st year, I started hunting deer in September and went all the way until the end of turkey season in May. I essentially took the summer off, reading books and lazing about, silently pleading for fall to arrive. Unfortunately, by late summer, I had to play catch up for the upcoming season; my arms were weak and I reduced the poundage on my bow, my hunting felt sluggish and it even felt like my senses were off. Now that I’m into my second pre-season summer, I want to spend it productively in order to make the best of my upcoming hunts. What should I be doing during this time? What have you done in the past that has helped your hunting game come September 1st?
Off-Season in Oregon
Your plight is a common one, especially for huntresses quasi-new to the sport, with no prior pre-season summer experiences.
During middle and high school, I played hockey from early September to late April. We would generally have a few weeks off, until summer training began, where we’d endure hours of workouts, off-ice drills and absolutely dreadful dry-land practices. I didn’t understand the importance of these practices, until the end of my first summer, when I realized I had learned new skills, sharpened my stick handling, kept my muscles in check and grew closer with my teammates. Hockey, like hunting, doesn’t bode well with time off.
As much as you yearn to take your book outside, get some sun and relax, it’s important, as you’ve already learned, to hone your skills during summer. Without further adieu, allow me to introduce the Writing Huntress’s summer activity list...
For the rest of my response, check out this week's Ask Writing Huntress column on the Women's Outdoor News website!