We have all heard the various sayings and cliches such as success in 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. Or, the one that says successis defined by preparation and talent.I like to think a good hunter has some talent for the sport but, the preparation and planning, strategizing and execution of the plan are what sets the good hunters apart from the guys who still get excited when a spike walks by.
Hunting preparation’s first task is to have a good place to hunt. This time of year is the time to address that part of your hunting plan for next fall unless you are one of a dwindling, lucky few who owns their own hunting property and has the resources to manage it well and through your “dilligence and dollars” you are set for many seasons to come.
Most of us are not lucky enough to have a big tract of good hunting land or even a small tract of good hunting land. I own a couple of very small tracts in west Alabama but my relatives consider that I live over here so they “hunt it like they own it”. That used to drive my Dad crazy and I always told him there is nothing you could do unless you want to make your kin folks hate you and I prefer not to do that!
I am fortunate that I have some relative who own a very nice farm in Tuscaloosa County and I get to go over to hunt and fish whenever I want. To me, that is almost better than owning a piece of land. The two pieces I own just cost me money to pay the taxes and keep them bushhogged! There is a good solution however, lease a tract for hunting or join a hunting club. I used to prefer to lease a tract and have my own place to hunt but, now that I am older, my desire to plant greenfields and clear access roads is not as strong as it was just a few years ago.
The past 10 years I have leased turkey hunting tracts from deer hunters who hold the general lease and that has worked well. I am looking to do that again for 2015 spring season. This last season I did join a club as well to turkey hunt and was mildly surprised by how well I enjoyed hunting with a few other turkey hunters and everyone displayed good hunting etiquette and were alll gracious to share. IF you can find a good club where folks are nice, a club can be a great way to find quality hunting and lead you to a succesful deer and turkey season.
THE KEY IS TO START LOOKING NOW FOR A GOOD HUNTING CLUB. The better ones have few openings and they generally have a waiting list or they fill up fast. Start checking out local papers, The Bulletin Board, Craigslist and bulletin boards at local sporting goods stores. All are good resources to help you find a club to join that could spell success in taking a trophy buck or gobbler in the 2014-15 Alabama Hunting seasons.
Next week, I will list some other resources and ways to get your own tract of hunting property or find a good hunting club. Don’t wait until late summer! Most hunting leases are quickly coming up for renewal and club leaders are looking for Paid members now!