-By Brandon Wikman
I can’t tell you enough how much I can’t stand winter! A season that brings cold, icy bone-chilling snow. A time when days are short and the hunting seasons have all but run dry, what is there to do to rekindle our hunting flame? Well, here are a few things that keep my outdoor mindset active during the bare frost season of Wisconsin:
- Join a local bow league. This is my top suggestion. It is a perfect time to tweak, tune and rip arrows through that already forgotten bow of yours! Archery skills aren’t easy to come by, it boils down to simple repetitive practice. Check out the web or your local newspaper to find leagues you can join. If nothing else, hit up the range every week to toss a few arrows. It definitely doesn’t hurt and, if anything, you’re keeping your archery tactics square!
- Read a magazine. I receive so many subscriptions to hunting and outdoor magazines that my house looks like the inside of a publication warehouse. Magazines line the carpet in my room and office. How easily I forget that they’re made for reading. If there were a time when we could sit down and read the things, it is now! The way I see it, between work, family, friends, other responsibilities, and hunting in general, who has time to infest their mind with literature when they can actually hunt hardcore during the season? If you are like me, I’d rather experience it for myself than read about it. At the very least, scrounge those magazines up and begin sponging your mind until it’s soaked soggy with, “How To,” “Top Ten,” and “Why” articles about living the hunting experience.
- Turn on the Outdoor Channel. If I don’t watch at least one hunting episode before I start my day, the day is literally shot! There’s nothing more exciting than doing it yourself, but to watch others throwing down their mad skills stalking game, calling in gobblers and arrowin’ giant whitetails, what’s not to like? Hunting shows have come a long way in the past few years. There has been a late trend of high action, fast paced styles of editing that keeps you and me in front of the television set. If you really want to check out a great show, I’ll be bias, check out The Next Generation, a show that I host. We have new airtimes for this 1st and 2nd quarter. We broadcast Wednesdays at 8:30am, Fridays at 4:30pm and Sundays at 1:00pm, all times are Eastern.
Please remember, there is light at the end of this snow tunnel. Give it a good month or two and we’ll be tracking shed antlers. Before you know it, turkey season will be cranked open. If hunting could last year round, we’d all be out there all the time. Take this time to learn, reflect and look forward to the future.