Scouting and Strategy
The off-season months are the perfect time to start your scouting and start developing your hunting strategy for the upcoming season. Reflect on how the previous season went and whether you need to change your game plan and strategy, possibly for the upcoming hunting season. This is the perfect time to set up trail cameras and scout new areas with good traffic.
This is also a great time to look at new areas to hunt on your own property, search for new possible areas that you could get permission to hunt on, or scout the public land you have access to. Look for areas that have good deer movement and that would be ideal for your hunting setup, whether it be a treestand or a ground blind.
Strategy is a great thing to formulate during this time, especially for the early season when it is warmer, and crops have not yet been picked. Find patterns and know where the local deer population finds their food, water, and bedding areas. These things will change, and patterns will evolve throughout the season, but it is a great time to see their tendencies and get an idea of what kind and how many animals are in the area.
Having multiple game plans and strategies written down or in mind will help tremendously during the hunting season when things are going your way. The more work you put in during the off-season, the less guessing and worrying you will do when it is hunting time.
There are always things to prepare but waiting until the last minute can cause unneeded stress and uncertainty during hunting season. Take care of your serious preparations during the off-season so that you are ready and stress-free when hunting season comes.
Know exactly where you are going to hunt. If you have private property and are into habitat management, get your work done in the off-season. Plan food plots, habitat improvements, and other work for the off-season, so it is ready and available come hunting season.
If you are looking into new private lands or need to ask permission, do that now while other hunters are out fishing, camping, and taking time off. It is a great time to develop relationships with landowners that might be willing to let you hunt their property.