Ways to Stay Active This Spring, While Social Distancing.

March 24, 2020

Social Distancing won't keep us down, we have a ton of ways to stay active and keep it fun this spring.

Ways to Stay Active This Spring, While Social Distancing.

By Alicia Davis


While this spring has looked a little different than most other years (so far), there are still a variety of activities that you can do while practicing social distancing. Now is a great time to look around outside and see if there are any projects you’ve been putting off and need to get done.  Plus, with the weather starting to warm up it’s a great time of year for outdoor recreation.

Here are a few of our favorite ideas for outdoor activities.


  1. Check fences.  Even if you don’t have livestock, it’s still a great time to walk the perimeter of your property and look at the borders between you and your neighbors. Plus, your neighbor will probably appreciate the heads up if you identify a weak spot in their fencing before it becomes a problem or if circumstances allow, fix it.


  1. Hunting sheds.  While walking those perimeter fences keep a sharp eye out for deer antler sheds.  A great place to search areas of your farm are the south facing slope of hill sides, obvious bedding areas, and near food and water sources.  Deer tend to spend more time in these areas and it increases the chances of finding their shed antlers.


  1. Spring cleaning. While walking your property, keep a bag handy and pick up any trash and debris you may find around your land.


  1. Land improvement.  If you have been putting off a prescribed burn or timber cutting project, now would be a great time to get it done. Prepare food plots areas and get ready to plant, as well as practice good habitat techniques like hinge cutting and tree trimming.


  1. The great mushroom hunt.  Hunting morels mushrooms is a family event in our neck of the woods.  These tasty little morsels typically pop up about the same time of year as we go turkey and shed hunting. Even if you don’t like to eat them, they’re still fun to hunt, and you probably know some people who would gladly do the eating.


  1. Turkey hunt.  What better way to social distance than to get out in the turkey woods? Spring turkey season in Missouri runs April 20th through May 10th and in Kansas the season runs from April 15th through May 31.  Don’t forget to buy your turkey permits!


  1. Go fishing. Spring is a great time to get out on the water. Take some extra time to reorganize your tackle box and equipment before you head out, and make sure you know your conservation department’s regulations regarding fish size and limits.  Fishing is an excellent way to enjoy the water, nature and the great outdoors.


  1. Plant a garden.  Right now is the best time to start planting a garden. Start seedlings indoors while you’re working on the soil outdoors, and everything will be ready to plant after the winter freezes are done.  Personally, I believe we are at that point and it is safe to begin planting.

 While social distancing is a temporary thing this year and it has put everyone in an awkward place, there is no reason not to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy your land and God’s beautiful creation.  The great outdoors has never looked more wonderful, get out there today and put this advice to good use.