Down Time for Hunters?

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For boaters and anglers, summertime is heaven, but this doesn't mean hunters must become complacent. With daylight savings time and pleasant summer evenings ahead, hunters can entertain themselves and hone their skills at the same time.

For archery deer hunters, this is an excellent time to practice. People are involved in many other summer activities, often leaving ranges relatively uncrowded. This is an active time, however, for sporting clay, skeet, and trap shooters involved in competition both friendly and fierce, while honing their shotgun skills.

Late summer is also a good time to scout for deer as they begin to establish their fall travel patterns.

But preparation for the hunt is not all that's available to the antsy hunter who can't wait for dove season to open. Both rabbit and squirrel seasons are open, and the latter can offer some of the most interesting hunting around. Many squirrel hunters prefer this time, when trees are in full foliage, and the hunter must rely on all his senses as he quietly stalks the woods. In addition, squirrel calls work best in late summer.

Most outdoorsmen and women think of summer as fishing time, but if you're not an avid angler, or if you just want to get into fall activities a bit early, your options are many. Take advantage of them.