Of course we've all felt that way. How could you not? But for me, it's short lived, because if you think about it, you can HUNT all year. You just can't exercise the killing option unless it's during the hunting season.
I visit my hunting area all year, and I also carry my bow and a quiver with a few Judo points in it. I will scout, making and observing all and anything to do with deer, or any other wildlife for that matter. I also use this time of year to rough fashion natural ground blinds at various locations. I like to stillhunt, with a few "sits" in between at these places. I have also at times seen deer, and have tried to get as close as I could to them unobserved. Getting "stickbow" close and them letting them move on, is just as good as killing one, except you can't eat it! I don't do this too often, as I don't want to risk "educating" them, and never more than once in a given location.
Like I said, the bow goes with me, and IMO it's an EXCELLENT way to practice under the most real hunting conditions you can imagine. Shooting at a leaf or weed from the same ground blind you will be hunting from will not only build confidence, but will also demonstrate to you any problems you may have shooting from that spot in regards to cover, shadows, terrain, etc.
Someone once said that...."We are part time hunters, hunting full time deer"....and I don't believe that any of us would argue with that. So while we can't be full time hunters, any additional time that we can spend in the woods increasing our knowledge base certainly cannot hurt. Native peoples that hunted for subsistance did not have all the fancy do-dads and gadgets that we have, and their weapons could be accurately described as truly "primative", especially by modern standards. Yet they not only survived, but thrived. Why? Because they made up for the lack of gear with KNOWLEDGE of their surroundings. We cannot help but become better hunters by doing the same, even if it's only a few times a month during the "off" season.
Besides............it fun, and it's FREE!!!!!
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