Now What?

13 Jan

For the second year in a row I am forced to eat Tag Soup. It’s not the first time I’ve eaten it, and it won’t be the last. Some years it tastes bland, while other years it taste like shit. This year was wasn’t the worst season I’ve ever had, nor was it the best. But the season is over… Now what?


Tag Soup


I’ll save the shed hunting talk for another blog because there is plenty to do in the next 6o days that don’t involve looking for bone.

Take Inventory – This upcoming weekend I will be placing a trail camera and a large pile of corn on one of my properties. This will allow me to see what deer made it through the hunting season as well as provide some supplemental meals. If we get as much snow as we did last year, the corn pile will pull deer in from very long distance and keep them on the property.  End result… lots of trail camera pictures and more sheds.

Post Season Scouting – The more scouting you can do throughout the year the better. In the past I have used this time of year to take a walk through the bedding areas. I am looking for trails leading in and out of the beds as well as what side of the bedding area has the most amount sign. Not really sure if that means anything, but it’s good information to have.

Because there are no leaves on the trees, if you can get to the highest elevation on your property you may be able to get a better idea of how your property lays. You can use that information to predict deer travel for the next season. Deer don’t like to skyline and depending on wind direction you can also predict what side of a hill or draw they will be traveling on. Plus, if there is snow on the ground you should be able to see some of the popular trails even better.

Getting Permission – Between now and the time the I start shed hunting I will be looking for other potential properties to hunt. Property is becoming few and far between in the part of the state where I hunt. A majority of the property owners, if they don’t hunt themselves, already have someone hunting on the property. One way to introduce yourself to a land owner is to ask permission to shed hunt. Not a lot of people are serious shed hunters. It may take some explaining, but it’s one way to build a relationship with the land owner. Turkey hunting is another possible foot in the door.

Brownie Points – If you’re like me, the past two or three months have been spent “away” in both the physical and mental sense. Now is the time to butter the old lady and spend some time with the family. Complete that remodeling project that has been on the back burner. If you’re single… congratulations.

WARNING: If you butter up your old lady too much this time of year you will have baby in October or November. Be careful!

Thanks for reading and remember to stay caught up on all the Wired To Hunt Podcasts,
Dan (DFW)


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