Setting Goals for Hunting Success
All of us make goals for one aspect or another in our life and this helps drive us to success. Motivation to achieve these goals is a key component that we all need every once in a while so we can get the results that we want. Goals can be incorporated into your hunting strategy to give the little push required to gain your desired results.
Whether your goals are big or small, it takes motivation to reach them and this sets a starting point for the upcoming hunting season. One thing I like to do is set multiple goals for different times of the year. Make a list of things that you want to get accomplished during the spring, summer, and fall months so that you can have a good understanding of where you want to be during the season. Start with some smalls things that you would like to get done and then progressively build from there.
Set Goals for Every Season
My spring list usually has these three goals: find the sheds of my top bucks, find their core bedding areas, and scout some new land or old land that I used to hunt. These few things will push you, or at least get you started, in the right direction to set yourself up for the upcoming year.
In the summer my primary goal is to take inventory of the bucks in the areas that I hunt and set up tree stands in the proper locations. If you find yourself struggling to get nice bucks on camera this gives you plenty of time to scout new areas to hunt so that you can find the bucks that you are looking for.
In the fall I usually set my goals a little higher and more specific because I have a better understanding of what quality of deer I have and know what I am capable of shooting. The key here is to set realistic goals. Aim for something that is obtainable for your situation because it will only discourage you when it is impossible to reach your goals. Don’t aim to shoot a 180 if you only have 120 inch deer in your area. You want to be able to have a chance to reach your goals.
Motivate Yourself with Hunting Goals
Goals will give you motivation and push you to success. If killing a big buck doesn’t happen the first year don’t get discouraged. Building up all the smaller goals from earlier in the year will eventually pay off and you’ll be able to cash in on a monster buck!
What goals do you set for yourself in the hunting season? Let us know!