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How To Prepare For The Upcoming Hunting Season

How To Prepare For The Upcoming Hunting Season

The start of the hunting season has arrived. Depending on the state you live in, various species will now be in open season. Even if the animal you are looking to hunt isn’t up yet, or you didn’t ‘draw tags’ for it, it’s important to start preparing now for later game.

Because there are so many different hunting seasons, based on location, there are differences in how you will prepare. Even so, there are some universal things that need to be done before a hunting trip. Whether that trip is for a day or a week, get what you need beforehand.

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Get registered

Hunting can be a dangerous sport when not taken seriously enough. For most people, it is crucial to take a Hunter Safety course to even be able to participate. Although you can complete the course online in some states, there is always an evaluation with an instructor to ensure you have properly learned how to be safe.

After you have taken the proper classes, you must either obtain a license or draw tags to hunt particular animals or birds. You will need a license to do this legally in all cases, but only certain animals need tags. Learn the rules and regulations for your state.

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Know the rules

This is especially important for those hunting for the first time, but should be in the back of everybody’s mind. Being safe during the hunt is one of the most important things to take into account. There is more potential for injury in this sport than many, many others when not taken seriously enough.

Know beforehand which hunting season you are going to be a part of. Before you set out, be sure to verify:

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  • The beginning and end dates of the season.
  • What licenses are needed, and if tags or other certification are needed.
  • Where you will be hunting, and the boundaries of the area.

Take a little time to look through maps, studying the area beforehand. Research where it will be safe for you and others to hunt, this includes avoiding private property. Things can change in a short amount of time. Even if you are confident in the place you hunted last year, be sure that nothing has changed and it is still a solid place to go.

Organize

Once you have established everything legally, get yourself organized and prepared to make the journey. In most places the terrain you will be crossing will be steep and in many cases, snowy. Prepare yourself physically to make long journeys in these conditions. Most of the time hunters who can go longer distances at a faster pace will have more success.

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Prepare your shot beforehand. Take time to go to the shooting range and practice in this environment. Find a place where it is legal to target shoot and practice with clay pigeons. Using a little ammo here will save you time and money in the long run by perfecting your shot.

Before you leave for the trip, make sure you have everything you will need. Don’t risk leaving some of the most important equipment at home; make a checklist to ensure nothing gets left behind. If you have some equipment that you are carrying over from last year, be sure to test it first to make certain it is still in working order.

No matter what type of hunting you do, prepare for this season. Take the necessary steps to ensure everything will run as smoothly as possible. You will save more time, and create a better experience for everybody involved. Even if your targeted game isn’t up for a couple of months still, start preparing now to guarantee you will have a positive experience.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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