Spring turkey season is still a recent memory and autumn is a long way off; but it’s never too early to start planning for your fall hunts. In fact, starting now offers some distinct advantages.
Hit the range
Whether you’re shooting bow or gun, or both, get out and shoot. It’s more about your equipment and less about you right now. Check your weapons to make sure all is in working order and that your sights are on. If you need to fix or replace anything, this will give you plenty of time to select, locate, order and install new or replacement parts or components. Otherwise, you might be scrambling at the last minute to get your arms in order.
Maintain miscellaneous gear
The above also applies to your other gear. Maybe you tore a hole in your waders, or your decoys need re-stringing. Perhaps you’ve got a creaky treestand that needs some extra attention, or maybe it’s time for a new pair of brush pants. When was the last time you washed your waterproof-breathable outerwear? It won’t work if it’s dirty.
Your ATV probably got a work-out this spring, and will see some tough duty this fall. At the very least, give it a tune-up and a cleanup. Check fluids and tire pressure and change filters. And if you plan on upgrading to a newer model, there’s no time like the present. Get this stuff done now while the weather is nice and things aren’t quite so busy.
Get a jump
Once you’re done with maintenance you can get a head start on chores you might otherwise put off until the last minute. Build your duck blinds now, and you’ll have a summer’s worth of natural vegetation grow up around them. Prune shooting lanes around old treestand sites and cut lanes at new ones now to give deer time to adjust to the changes. Start getting your dogs (and yourself) in shape. The sooner you start, the better off you’ll all be.
Image by Bob Humphrey