2016 Goals

16 Feb

I have been doing a lot of reflecting about the past lately, especially past hunting seasons. What did I do right, what did I do wrong, and what could I have done differently to reach the goals I set for myself before the season starts. This gave me an idea… what are your hunting and outdoor related goals for 2016?  I want to get an idea of what others have set for their goals and see how they compare to mine. With that said, what are your goals for the upcoming season? I’ll share mine below so you have an idea of what I’m looking for.




My 2016 Outdoor Goals:

Because my free time is very limited, I’m not sure I will get a lot of time to go shed hunting this year. I’m going to try to fit in two full days of walking before now and the end of March. Getting out and walking the properties is fun for me, even if I don’t find any sheds.

Once April hits I will turn my focus to Turkey hunting. Every year since I’ve been married my wife and I take a day off work and dedicate 3 days to chasing a couple Easterns. Last year my wife was 38 weeks pregnant and still made it out to the timber for a couple hunts. Because if this, we didn’t get to do what we normally do. This year however we already have plans to get back at it and are both really excited. I myself, will continue to to reach my goal of harvesting my first Tom with a bow.

This year I will be planting my first food plot, the goal is that it turns out good. I will have somewhere around a half acre to work with but still need to do a lot of research on what I want to plant and physical labor clearing the spot before I can even break dirt. More details to come on that.

As far as deer hunting is concerned, I have about 13 doors to knock on before the season even starts. The goal is to get access to more hunting land. On top of that, I want to do a better job of running my trail cameras this year and make sure I have more stand locations trimmed out. Other than that, the goal is to take a couple does early season , and then go after mature buck the rest of the season (4 year old or older).

I would love to hear what you have to say about your goals. I don’t need a novel, just a brief overview of your 2016 goals similar to mine above. Please leave your goals in the comment section below. The more people we get to participate in this the better, so feel free to share this post where ever you like.

Thanks again,


19 Responses to “2016 Goals”

  1. JJ Pugh February 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    Kill a 200″ whitetail…. 😉

  2. Scott Limer February 16, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

    2016 Goals:

    1. To practice shooting more. Not just flinging arrows, but to practice with a purpose, even if it’s just one shot in a day.
    2. Door knock close to home for access near my house vs. my normal 2 hr drive
    3. Scout, Scout, and Scout some more.
    4. Lastly….cardio…drop some lbs. before season starts.

  3. Bob Polanic February 16, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

    I wrote a similar post a few weeks ago that you may find interesting, http://www.hybrid-outdoors.com/home/looking-ahead/.
    Here’s the highlights:
    -Harvest first archery elk in MT this Sept.
    -Harvest a mature buck with 130″+ of head gear.
    -Help wife harvest her first archery deer.
    -Catch 100 steelhead, I’m at 7 for 2016 so far.

    Look forward to chatting w you Thursday night!

  4. Brandon Mott February 16, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

    Seeing as how this will be only my 5th year hunting and 3rd year bow hunting, my goals are prerty simple. In 2016 I hope to: 1. Pass all 1 1/2 y/o bucks and shoot my first buck 2 1/2 or older Buck (and preferably with my bow). 2. Harvest at least 1 deer with my bow. 3. Improve my scouting skills and hunt smarter high percentage hunts instead of more hunts.

  5. Taylor Renaudette February 16, 2016 at 10:16 pm #

    Great goals Dan, my goals are pretty similar to yours!
    Some of my goals for 2016 are based off from mistakes that I made this past season, that being said I would also like to have more trees cut out for various stand locations.
    I want to do a better job at managing my trail cameras as well. One way that I am planning to do so is to keep a log book for each trail camera entering data as far as times, moon phases wind directions Etc.
    I would like to plant a food plot also. However my wife is due in April so that might be put on hold for next season, and of course the ultimate goal for 2016 is to shoot a mature whitetail in Ohio this fall as well as fill my tags here in Vermont.

  6. Asa Phillips February 16, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    I share some of your goals. My first year bowhunting I shot 2 toms. 1 by spot and stalk, and 1 I called in sitting in a folding camp chair. I thought, “this is so easy!” Since then, several seasons have come and gone without even getting a shot at another. So I hope to and my drought on thunder chickens. As for whitetails, I want to harvest at least one doe, and a particular buck I have observed for a couple years on an area we farm. I have never hunted him, mostly because this area is almost all fields and hay pasture. Minimal cover, and the difficulty I’ve had in seeing his usual travel corridors on such an open area have been intimidating, as well as the fact I could sit several days and not see a single deer. Just for the sake of not overhuntimg that area, I will also focus on another property that has a far larger population, and one buck my father claims to have seen with double drop tines. I won’t believe it till I have a picture or see him, but if that’s the case then surely my attention will shift to that. Primarily the goal is harvest a mature buck, and hopefully try some new tactics on the loner buck.

  7. Grant February 16, 2016 at 10:58 pm #

    Goal #1: Get more stands setup that are ideal for rut in order to get my sits per stand down to 1-2 times per stand a year in spots nearest bedding or in travel corridors.

    Goal #2: Shoot a 4 1/2 or older buck to make it 2 years in a row.

    Goal #3: Plant a large enough bean plot that it lasts into late season. Previous years plots have been browsed so hard they don’t provide any late season opportunities.

    Goal #4a: Put my uncle in a spot that gives him the “Come to jesus” moment he needs when it comes to using the wind in your favor, hunting away from food sources in mornings, and keeping pressure off the deer when it is not warranted.

    Goal #4b: Get my uncle a chance at his best buck yet (120 class or better, any age)

    Goal #5: Research, Plan & Budget for a 2017 Elk trip, anywhere.

  8. Nick Whitaker February 16, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

    I would have to say my 2016 goal which is the same goal I’ve had sence I pick up a bow is to enjoy myself hunt hard and do it right like not using stuff like ozonics. How great it would be to kill a giant the old school way! Instead of killing a giant and having it on the wall and when people ask about the story u tell them we’ll I went out put a tree stand up put this thing in the tree that covers up your human sent and shot him. I guess I like a challenge and the true chase of a giant whitetail.And that I did my home work and killed a giant buck in his bedroom! How great of an accomplishment that would be and story.

  9. Dave Leist February 16, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

    My goals are to get out as much as I can. Try to get a deer or two for the freezer. Maybe get an opportunity at one of the huge bucks that are on my property. Shoot straight. But most of all, have fun. As I’ve aged, my priorities have changed. Enjoying my time in the woods. Hanging with my hunting buddies. If I shoot a monster, icing on the cake. Good luck to everyone in 2016. Dave

  10. Dan DeMeester February 16, 2016 at 11:59 pm #

    I hunt 40 acres of private land in Michigan. The last couple of years I have shot my biggest bucks yet, which were both respectable 2 year old 8 points. My goals this year is to get a 3 or 4 year old buck. A mature buck has not been shot on this property in over 15 years. My best change to kill a mature buck are my first trips of the year in October before they sense the hunting pressure and adjust to their Fall zone, so early on is all about a more mature buck, then on to fill doe tags for me and my friends/family freezers.

  11. Scott Clarke February 17, 2016 at 12:15 am #

    My goals for 2016 hunting basically revolve around the means. I’m going to hang up the compound and hunt solely with my recurve and long bow this coming season. I’m also taking down all my current stands and selling them to stay mobile. I’ve learned over the past few years I’m far more successful in my climber or hang on and sticks than any other permanent pre hung stand. Now even though I’m switching to traditional archery equipment my goal will still be a mature buck. Hope to get a spring Tom with my recurve too and maybe a spring/fall black bear.
    I will film bear hunts( if I go) but I’m on the fence for whitetails. I had a better season this year with no camera so only time will tell. Good luck with your food pot plans.

  12. Kyle February 17, 2016 at 1:07 am #

    I’m starting over for 2016, I’m moving from central Illinois to Western North Carolina. My goal is to just have fun and to hopefully over come the challenges of hunting mountain deer.

  13. Brad Z February 17, 2016 at 3:44 am #

    2016 goals
    -Find 5 sheds
    -locate a 120 inch or better buck on public land via trail camera
    -Build 2 new stands on family farm
    -Tons of family time between spring and summer
    -Accomplish household projects(keep wife happy)
    -Try filming hunts or at least some deer.
    -knock on at least 5 doors closer to home.
    -Family farm- 130 inch buck or better
    -Public land near home- 120 or better
    -Have fun help out friends with tracking deer and other projects.
    positive attitude!!

  14. LS February 17, 2016 at 9:26 pm #

    My goal is to learn the art of hypnosis so I can convince my wife I should hunt everyday.

  15. DJ February 18, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

    This year I pledge to:
    work on bedding areas (hingecuts/TSI), add water sources closer to bedding (stock tanks), plant a few acres of switcchgrass for better cover (notice I said planting, not sure about the growing part yet TBD), improve scent control (bought a combo washer/dryer that is “hands off” from rest of fam, and quit goofing off at work on Dans website.

  16. Keith February 22, 2016 at 3:01 am #

    1) Make the DIY backpack elk hunt I have been working towards a reality in September.
    2) Relax and enjoy the Whitetail season at home and try to learn something no matter how small every sit.
    3) Go on more summer backpacking adventures.

  17. Logan M February 22, 2016 at 4:20 am #

    No specific order
    -Try to get my first buck with a bow by holding off for a three and a half year old or older.
    -Get a doe again this year.
    -Put in more time turkey hunting.
    -Put up stands in new spots I found last year.
    -Hunt my kill plot less.
    -Put in one whole day of shed hunting.
    -Sit all day during my few rut hunts.
    -Hunt with my dad and my friend more.

  18. Vinny LaSelva February 26, 2016 at 1:19 am #

    1.Harvest a buck with my bow. Opening day of Pa archery season last year I shot a nice 7 pointer. Problem was I hit the back shoulder and wasn’t able to recover him.

    2.Take better routes into my stands. This season I’ve bumped more deer walking into my stand then seeing deer from my stand.

    3. Hunt smarter. An issue I’ve run into is I’m burning my stands out and not doing a good job of being mobile. I also need to pay attention to the wind more.

    4. Knock on doors. So far I’ve gotten access to 3 properties. I’d like to pick up at least 3 more by the start of season.

  19. Dustin September 5, 2016 at 11:26 pm #

    To kill a mature Alabama and Illinois buck with my bow. And I’m willing to eat my (Illinois)tag if I don’t get an opportunity. 2nd – scout 3 tines as much as I hunt.

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