As 2019 begins, a lot of us are thinking about how we plan to improve ourselves in the New Year. While it may not be as popular, making a resolution around your passion for hunting can help work towards more common resolutions like traveling, spending time with family, or exercising. Not to mention, a hunting resolution can improve your hunting successes in the New Year and help you make more time for your favorite sport. Here are 8 hunting resolutions you can bring into your 2019 game.
1. Become a Better Shot
Make 2019 the year you finally fine tune your shot. Whether it’s by creating a solid practice regimen you follow every week or by making a commitment to visit the shooting range once a month, carve out some time in your schedule to regularly practice. By the end of the year you might find you bring home your biggest prize yet.
2. Give Back
There are plenty of Non-Government Organizations who dedicate their time and resources to wildlife conservation and in result, make it possible for hunters like us to have available land and wildlife in our area. Consider donating to or becoming a member of an organization like Pheasants Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, or Whitetails Unlimited. Not only will you be helping the organization preserve our beloved hunting grounds, you’ll help other hunters around the world too.
3. Hunt Something New, Somewhere New
This resolution combines travel with new hunting challenges to kill two birds with one stone, or in our case, one shot. Some of the proudest hunting moments are taking home a new species or hunting in a new place for the first time. Whether it’s stags in New Zealand, Arizona quail, elk in Montana, or moose in Alaska, try going somewhere new this year to scope out something you haven’t hunted before.
4. Teach Someone New
Everyone’s first hunting trip is special and memorable. Take a first timer out and show them the ropes in 2019 to give them a day they’ll never forget and preserve the hunting tradition. Everyone from your kids to your friend whos never hunted before will appreciate you taking the time to teach them a thing or two.
5. Try a New Game Recipe
Every hunter knows that venison is delicious and almost everyone has tried duck at some point or another, but it can be fun and challenging to make a new recipe out of your newly caught game. There are Pinterest boards and blogs dedicated to hunting game recipes that can spark a little inspiration. For the record, we think these duck poppers and this venison pasta are worth a shot.
6. Clean Your Equipment More Often
Most gun owners know they’re supposed to clean firearms after every period of use, but that doesn’t always mean it happens. This year, start cleaning your equipment as frequently and thoroughly as possible. Make sure you’re using the proper cleaning tools and products to get the job done and that you’re cleaning your firearm the right way. You’ll likely find that it works better for you afterwards.
7. Upgrade Your Equipment
Call it a resolution or a late holiday gift to yourself. Upgrading your scopes, accessories, or the weapon itself is an exciting change that can take your next hunting trip to the next level. We’re saying goodbye to worn and outdated equipment this year.
8. Give the Crossbow a Shot
Many states (including Texas) have recently legalized crossbow hunting, so if you’re looking for a new challenge to bring in the New Year, you’ve found it. The crossbow’s ease of use makes it a fun, kid-friendly activity that you’ll catch onto in no time. While you’ll want to check for your state’s specific permit requirements and regulations, crossbow hunting is a great addition to any hunting tradition.
Whether you take one of our recommendations or come up with your own, make 2019 the year of the hunting resolution.