The off season? I don't need no stinking off season! For so many serious bowhunters, once deer season is over they go into a funk and life doesn't even feel the same. I say change all of that and become a year-round bowhunter and end the funk. What to do you might ask? Late December and January I am bowhunting rabbits, pheasants, grouse, and even waterfowl.
There isn't a lot of things any more fun than getting some friends and throwing on some rubber blunts and chasing bunnies. They also make for some great table fare.
Cottontail and Jackrabbit seasons don't end until the end of February and after that is just a short few weeks and Spring turkey season opens. Few things can match the excitement of thundering gobbles and having a big tom respond to your calls and enter into your decoy setup.
Once turkey season is into full swing the lakes and rivers have started to warm and bowfishing is the next item on the agenda. Nothing better than filling the freezer with some nice bighead fillets. I enjoy few things more than a screaming drag with a bighead hooked to the end of your arrow.
I along with so many of my bowhunting buddies cherish the pursuit of all fish and game and I can't imagine only waiting for big game season to role around to pick up my bow and go hunting. The great benefit to these "off season" hunts is the fact that you can share these experiences with friends which is not usually the case with deer hunting. So now grab your bow take the frown off your face and end the "off season". I can promise you that soon you will be looking as forward to these hunts as any!
Harlin Welch has been an NBA member since 1990 and has been bowhunting for nearly 30 years. He has two children Zach and Madison that share his passion of bowhunting. Harlin has been married to Kara for 20 years and she allows him to pursue small game, fish and big game with his bow year round.