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5 Outdoor Activities to Banish That Holiday Hangover

Troy Rodakowski

Cure that Holiday Hangover and ring in 2017 with fresh outdoors fun.

Ever feel exhausted, beaten, or just plain sick of running around to parties and events? Well, it’s over now (for at least another 300+ days, anyway). Now, it’s time to start fresh and feel good again. Some people make New Year resolutions to lose weight, hit the gym, and be healthier. Others resolve to quit smoking, drink less and lead a healthier lifestyle. Others simply promise themselves to take time in life for what really matters.

No matter what you decide to do, getting outside, smelling some fresh air and enjoying nature is a great way to start.

1. Winter Steelhead Fishing

Now is the time to hit your favorite winter steelhead waters, enjoying a cool, crisp morning admiring the sights of migrating elk, waterfowl and crisp mountain air. Who knows? You might even bring home a nice chromer for the BBQ. Look into a river or waterway near you get out maybe use some of that new Christmas fishing gear.

Pretty winter chrome is tough to beat.
Pretty winter chrome is tough to beat.

2. Take a Winter Hike

No matter where you live, there are places to exercise hike and enjoy the outdoors. One of the many great things about our country is the multitude of National Parks, hiking trails and outdoor venues to enjoy year round. So get out and test out those new shoes, backpacks and walking sticks. Now is the time to explore and enjoy before the spring and summer crowds come.

Winter hikes can provide some great photo opportunities.
Winter hikes can provide some great photo opportunities.

3. One Last Waterfowl Trip

You got a new pair of waders and duck hunting jacket for Christmas, and now it’s time to use them before the season ends. Plus, you may have even been lucky enough to get a few new calls, decoys and boxes of ammo to enjoy. There is no reason to wait until next season to break these things in. Heck you may even have a new shotgun to try out. Do it before the season is over. Many waterfowl seasons run through January across the U.S. Make sure to check the regulations in your area before venturing out.

Get out test out your new gear before its too late.
Get out and test out your new gear before it’s too late.

4. Winter Photography

The beauty of winter can be easily overlooked. However, I know some folks probably unwrapped some new camera gear during Christmas and are itching to try it. Some of the best photo’s are taken on the coldest days of flora and fauna. You may have to bundle up and brave some cold weather but now is the time to get out and make some winter memories.

5. Range Time

Get out to the gun range and put a few rounds through that new rifle or handgun. You can take a thermos of hot coffee or cocoa to sip on while you inhale some fresh gunpowder. I personally like to take this time to sight in new guns or make sure I didn’t bump any off during the previous season.

Now is the perfect time to sight in that new rifle.
Now is the perfect time to sight in that new rifle.

No matter what you decide to do, make sure to get outside and enjoy some fun. Trust me, it will pull you out of that rut the holidays tend to create.

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5 Outdoor Activities to Banish That Holiday Hangover