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