Ever think of doing a DIY hunt out of state? These three reasons are why you should plan one right now.
It can be an intimidating thought to plan a DIY hunt out of state. There is a lot of work that goes into planning one, and you might just feel more comfortable hunting where you always hunt. If you've ever thought about the idea, right now is the time to start planning one. If you're not convinced, these three reasons are why you should plan one.
1. Learn a new area
Doing a DIY hunt offers you the chance to learn a new area. There is a lot of public land that offers some exceptional hunting. Looking at aerial maps and figuring out the best public land where you would like to hunt is the best way to start. If you have the ability, hunting a state that has different terrain than where you hunt can be eye opening.
A lot of popular destinations for the classic Midwestern deer hunter is to go out west. If you don't want to go as far as Montana or Wyoming, the Dakotas have a ton of public land that is an option. Hunting a different type of area can not only be a lot of fun, but can offer a lot of lessons to learn.
2. Challenge yourself
Hunting public land anywhere is a challenge. Doing a DIY out of state hunt is even a greater challenge. Go into it with the mindset that it won't be easy. But if your looking for something to challenge yourself this is the way to go.
Figuring out where you want to hunt, then actually going there and doing the work and ultimately becoming successful isn't easy. But when you do become successful, the gratitude will be incomparable to anything else.
3. Create a tradition
We all look forward to opening day of deer season. After that, sometimes the excitement may go away a little bit. Creating a tradition of doing a DIY hunt can be something to look forward to every year. I get just as excited to do my planned out of state hunts with buddies as I do for opening day.
There are many benefits to doing an DIY hunt out of state. If you've never tried it, go for it and start planning one right now. If it's something you already do, you can probably attest to the benefits. You won't regret at least giving it a try, I can promise that.