The 2020 season has been a blast so far. Table Mountain hunters are punching tags and living THE LIFE. It doesn’t take long after the season ends to start dreaming about the next year. And this is a great time to start planning!
Wyoming has a long application window for antelope and deer. But the January deadline for elk sneaks up on us and getting applications submitted early is always a relief. Soon after the draw takes place, you can start planning and preparing for the hunt of a lifetime alongside the Table Mountain crew.
First, don’t miss your chance to purchase 2020 preference points! You only have until November 2nd. To learn more, please see our recent post about preference points. Points you purchase now can be used in the 2021 draw or saved for future years.
We can begin to submit your big game applications on January 2nd. The process remains open until June 1st for deer and antelope. However, elk applications close on January 31st! That’s a short window for elk, so let’s get a head start on planning your 2021 hunts. Contact us to get started.
It’s easy to procrastinate. Don’t wait too long and miss your shot at the draw.
Get Your Equipment in Order
As you prepare for your hunting adventures in 2021, work on getting your gear in order. First off, don’t delay in practicing with your weapon. This should be a year-round activity, not a quick cram-session before your hunt.
It’s never too early to start shooting your bow. Get your arrow setup dialed and shoot with broadheads and field points. Shooting a few days each week takes your confidence to a much higher level in the field. The same applies to shooting your rifle. Hit the range for some therapeutic fun and use the off-season to experiment with different rounds at variable distances. Turn your archery and rifle shooting into a second nature skill by practicing throughout the entire year.
Early in the off-season can be a great time to find discounts on high quality clothing and hunting gear. It’s also the time to fit new boots and break them in on local trails. Archery hunters tend to choose light, breathable footwear for the heat while rifle season hunters grab for the waterproof boots that are ready to tackle cooler weather and potential snow.
Start Training Early
Training at the range is one thing but your body needs to be prepared as well. Our bow season deer hunts alternate between ground blinds and spot-and-stalk tactics, so hunters should be prepared for both extremes. Archery elk hunters can expect to cover uneven terrain – and the ability to quickly close the distance for a setup on a bugling bull is key.
Rifle hunts also have the advantage of vehicle access to cover ground on these big, open landscapes. But when it comes time to put a stalk on a big buck antelope, mule deer or bull elk, a hunter’s ability to cover ground is an advantage. What’s more, being in good condition will simply make the experience more fun!
Physical training does not have to be a major undertaking for most hunters. Make it fun by cross training with different activities. Rotate your gym workouts with hiking a few times each week. Work on your cardio, core strength and flexibility and you will be ready when the season opens.
2021 hunts may seem distant right now. But these important dates always creep up. Whether it’s your license applications, equipment prep or training, get a head start on your 2021 adventures and get ready to live THE LIFE!
Send us a message now or give us a call at 307-632-6352 to start planning your hunt.