Can you believe we’re already into another calendar year already? I can hardly believe 2019 flew by before we knew it. So here are some things outdoorsmen and women should start doing now that the new year is here.
Yes, I’m sure last year provided you with lots of action and memories and you’re still thinking about that, but it’s time to think about some plans to get you through the long, cold days of winter. So here are a few things you can add to your list now that the new year has begun.
Of course, I’m sure if you are the savvy type you know that now is the time to save up on high dollar items like a new firearm or a kayak at bargain prices. So it only makes sense to take advantage of special holiday deals and buy them during the off season. The money saved on this stuff means you’ll have more to spend on other adventures and gear.
You may want to visit some sport shows, or just go online and start planning the new year’s adventures. It’s never too early because time slips by quickly. Also, it’s smart to search and secure reservations now as hotels, campsites and hunting guides book up in advance.
No, I’m not saying you need to have it planned out completely, but close to it doesn’t hurt. You can always monitor various travel booking sites and watch for the best deals. After all, who doesn’t enjoy saving money?
Next on the list to do is to go through that pile of outdoor items you’ve collected over the years. Who doesn’t have some extra stuff? Probably most of us, as we hate to part with anything. But now is the time to take a day or two and inventory and organize everything you have.
You may surprise yourself when you discover what items you have or haven’t used in some time.
Now is the time to clear out the unneeded items, and make room for the new items you will soon purchase. Maybe you have some old turkey calls, hunting gloves or hunting knife, etc. you don’t use anymore that are simply taking up space. You could possibly donate that item to a mentor youth who’s just getting into hunting, or just list it for sale online. You freeing up more space in your home just might make someone else’s day.
Once you’ve made it through your list of priorities, you may want to relax after just having gone through the motions of the holiday season. You know what I mean: the whole big build up till Christmas day, as well as all the parties you attended where everyone stood around with their cell phone pressed to their face. Like really, life is too short; get a life.
Take some time for yourself and do those things you truly enjoy. Like possibly breaking out the fishing gear and doing a bit of stream fishing, or else ice fishing if things have frozen up. Or maybe you prefer to retire to the man cave and spend the afternoon tying up some new flies for the coming season.
But don’t forget the old tradition of heading out for some late season hunting and trapping. Maybe your thing is chasing late season deer with a flintlock, or a bow and arrow. Or possibly braving the cooler weather for some of those squirrels, rabbits and pheasants that wait to challenge you. But on the other hand maybe trapping is your thing and attempting to catch beaver, foxes or coyotes with snares intrigues you.
So don’t sit around getting cabin fever while there is so much happening in the outdoors.
David Orlowski is a writer, hunter, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast from Potter County. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.