Summers over; kids are back in school. Now is the time of the Outdoorsman.
Fall hunting is around the corner. Camping areas are abandoned. Lakes are quiet. The woods are full of nature’s sounds. You are likely getting ready. Here are my tips for preparing for the fall outdoors seasons.
Do an inventory; I’ve covered this before. Don't wait to the last minute when planning that dove hunt, or early season bow hunt. Start now getting out the gear, check ammo, locate the camo, and clean the boots. If you don't take the time to get out the gear before your first hunt you will undoubtedly be kicking yourself because something was forgotten.
Some "quick tips" when doing inventory;
Check ammo? How much do you have and how much do you think you need?
Check equipment? Gun cleaned and oiled? Light, warm weather camo found, cleaned, and tried on (we sometimes gain a little weight over the summer)? Hearing protection found and placed where it cannot be forgotten (dove shooting usually results in lots of shots fired-protect you hearing). Found the dove stool and small cooler and have enough bug spray?
Early Season Deer
Check bow hunting equipment? (Have you practiced enough over the summer?) Enough arrows, broad heads sharp, tune up equipment available, safety belt in good shape, scent destroyer fresh, early season attractants fresh? Lots to do to make sure you’re ready.
While most of the tackle you used during the summer will still pull in the lunkers of your choice, know that fish patterns will begin to change as the water cools. You may want to ensure you have tackle in your box for the changes.
While, like fishing, things won't change much when camping in the fall, it will eventually get cooler. Do you have a heater for the tent, or multiple sleeping bags for warm versus cold weather camping? Have you identified your source for fire wood to keep the campsite warm, especially in the early morning when temperatures will be their coolest and moisture will be in the air? Have you found the long pants, long sleeved shirts and jackets that will take the edge off the chillier days?
Like several of the other activities you find yourself involved in this fall, planned hiking trips takes a little thought. Shorts pants and shirts may not be enough if you are planning early trips. But, be prepared to "dress down" as temperatures warm. I love the blended pants with the zip off lower leg sleeves. When it warms up it only takes a minute to unzip the legs and feel the comfort of being in shorts. A short sleeved shirt in the back pack ensures you will have a cooler ending to your hiking trip when it's over.
And, don't forget the water. Cooler temperatures sometimes give us the impression we are not as thirsty as when we were involved in the outdoors during the hotter, summer months. You still need to ensure, no matter the activity, that you are taking in plenty of fluids, and water is the best source of fluids for the body.
Starting next month my blogs will become more focused on tips I will try to provide for the various upcoming seasons you are probably looking forward to. While I don't and will never claim to be an expert, I do have several years of experience in the outdoors and it has been suggested it might be worth sharing with you.
Hope you had a great summer, and are looking forward to an ever greater fall.