5 Practices for Hunters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the midst of all the chaos and self-quarantining hunters still have the ability to be productive. I am a strong believer that preparation will lead to success when hunting. Many times I find myself itching for opening day only to realize I left a bow hanger or forgot to refill my Thermacell. During this season of social distancing why not get ready for deer and turkey season? Here are five practices for hunters during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shoot Your Bow

I feel like one can never practice with their archery tackle too much. There’s no better time than now to pull out your bow and shoot some arrows. Maybe you need to tune it up after a long season, or maybe you just need some repetition to get more comfortable with you gear. Whatever the case may be, maximize the down time. If you feel like you are competent enough try shooting at greater distances or elevating your heart rate while shooting to make it a real-life scenario.

Share Venison

First, let me preface this by saying obey all local, state and federal laws before sharing venison. Most places currently are limiting groups to no more than 10 people. What better time to get someone hooked on venison then right now when grocery stores are swamped and supplies are limited? Not only is this a good way to bring someone into the hunting fold, but it is also an avenue to be a good neighbor. Share a roast, ground or even a back strap.

Practice Hang-and-Hunts

Now is a good time, if you are not already, to get good with your hang-and-hunt systems. Whether you are testing out a new saddle or a classic lock-on stand, there is no better time to get comfortable and confident with your run-n-gun gear. I recognize not everyone has trees readily available in their yard. However, you are able to fine-tune your gear or even head to public land and practice there as well.

Pattern Your Shotgun

Turkey season is quickly approaching, and as of right now hunters are still able to participate in most places. If you have a place to pattern your gun take advantage of the time practicing at different distances. Get confident with which distances you feel like you can harvest a turkey. Once again preparation will only make you a better hunter, and it might just be the difference between a bird on the ground and a bird flying out of your life forever.

Try a New Recipe

If your freezer is stocked with wild game from this past winter experiment with a new recipe. Wild game is a great source of protein, and you know where it comes from unlike most meats at big box retail stores. No need to worry about the meat aisle emptying when your freezer is full of venison or waterfowl. I personally will be trying my hand at cooking duck breasts for the first time this spring.

Naturally the point of all this is to be productive and to become a better hunter or steward of our wild game and resources. Teach somebody else. Take someone hunting. Share venison. Don’t waste time binge watching television while the opportunity to be a better hunter and recruit new hunters is at our fingertips.

WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #22:FIELD TO FORK WITH HANK FORESTER OF QDMA

In this episode of the Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast we talk with Hank Forester of QDMA about recruiting new hunters.

On the latest episode of the Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast we talk with Hank Forester of the Quality Deer Management Association about Share Your Hunt and Field to Fork. Hank is the Hunting Heritage Programs Manager for the QDMA. Hank Forester along with Charles Evans, Georgia R3 Coordinator, co-founded Field to Fork. In a nutshell, Hank travels the United States helping branches recruit new hunters into the fold. He dives into this much deeper in our interview.

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iTunes link: Episode #22

Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast Episode 22

In this episode we discuss:

  • Share Your Hunt Opportunities
  • Field to Fork
  • R3 and hunter recruitment
  • Decline in hunter numbers and license sales
  • How to get involved with a QDMA branch
  • The best way to share venison with a neighbor
  • Staggering statistics about public perception of deer hunting
  • Field To Fork success stories
  • Our all new Whitetail Rally Round©

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Mouthwatering Venison Steak Tacos are Sure to Spice Things Up

In this blog I lay out how to cook one of my very favorite venison recipes.

Domain Name If you’re feeling a Latino dish for supper, try these venison steak tacos. Venison steak tacos are a family favorite. In fact, they’re simple to make, and it’s hard to beat the freshness and… 459 more words

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Grilled Venison Backstrap Recipe is a Mouthwatering Favorite — Wide Open Spaces

Here’s a great grilled venison backstrap recipe for any occasion. It’s easy but tastes gourmet.

WhitetailGuruHunting.com Looking for a fresh meal? Try this grilled venison backstrap recipe. Venison, or deer meat, is arguably one of the best tasting meats. However, you typically won’t find it at the store. If you do, it’s not from America, and most likely from a deer farm in New Zealand. Venison is organic wild game, so…

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #9: LINDSAY THOMAS JR., TALKS CWD, SOUTHEAST DEER STUDY GROUP AND SHARING VENISON

In this episode we talk to QDMA’s Lindsay Thomas Jr., about the effects of CWD and research from the Southeast Deer Study Group.

Today on the podcast we talk with Lindsay Thomas Jr., who is the editor of Quality Whitetails magazine and Director of Communications for the Quality Deer Management Association. We dive into a plethora of studies involving cutting edge deer research. Similarly, we discuss the threats of chronic wasting disease and how hunters can help prevent the spread of the disease.

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iTunes link: Episode #9

In this episode we discuss: 

  • CWD Red Zones
  • Southeast Deer Study Group
  • Deer antler research
  • Coyote impacts on fawn recruitment
  • Weather-related research
  • Passive trail camera surveys
  • QDMA five-year goals
  • Sharing venison
  • Use #QDMAShares

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