I hope 2012 has provided you a good start to the new year. By now you've begun you efforts to live up to the resolutions you've committed to. You may have already also broken one or two, but that's okay--the year is young and you've got time to make amends.
So, what's on your horizon for 2012? Let's take a quick look at what you may want to be planning:
1. Depending on where you live, fishing is likely just around the corner. Any special plans to fish that new lake or river? How about that trip you've been looking forward to for many years? Maybe a trip to visit a friend or family member, that will include fishing new waters and possibly new species?
2. With deer season over, and turkey season a few months away, will you be cleaning and hanging up your guns for a few months? I hope not. In most areas small game or varmint seasons are still open and offer the sportsman great possibilities. In many areas hog hunting is still open and can be a truly exciting adventure.
3. You will likely be spending a little time just closing out your fall hunting season. Cleaning and repacking gear, taking down stands, and re-inventorying ammo, calls, and equipment.
4. You may be beginning to plan for your late winterearly spring outdoor activities. Finding those new, secluded hiking trails to keep yourself in shape; looking for those opportunities where you can provide time to volunteer to support activities like stream side clean up or trail clearing and clean up in state, federal or local parks. Again, great activities to keep you close to the outdoors, as well as providing much needed support to keep our parks and waterways in pristine condition for ourselves and others to enjoy.
5. It's never too early to begin to plan for the upcoming seasons; whether fishing, hunting, camping or other outdoor activities, planning through the cold months seems to make them go by faster than just sitting back and wondering when the weather will turn warm.
Here's a suggestion for you as you look to the "horizon" for what you plan to do in 2012: make a "bucket list", just as you made a list of resolutions. Plan your short and long term events for 2012, make up your "to do" list, and cross through the list as you accomplish your outdoor tasks through the year. What's the benefit? I guarantee you will maintain a high level of interest and excitement for all your outdoor activities and will not go through the "between seasons" doldrums that typically hit at multiple times over the year.
Look to your own horizons in 2012 to keep yourself actively involved and excited with our love of the out of doors. Happy planning!