For reasons that obviously don’t need explaining, Spring 2020 is a turkey season unlike any season hunters could’ve ever imagined. But, the current circumstances we find ourselves in don’t mean that we shouldn’t hit the woods. In fact, getting outdoors is one of the best ways to practice #socialdistancing, as long as it is done responsibly.
So to help you this turkey season, here are five ways to practice #ResponsibleRecreation as you hit the turkey woods.
- Purchase your licenses online well ahead of your hunt to avoid venturing to busy stores that may put you at risk or may not even be open in some states where deemed non-essential businesses.
- Continue to adhere to best practices for avoiding COVID-19 even while in the woods. This means if you do happen to hunt with a buddy (someone you don’t already live with), make sure to maintain the recommended distance of at least 6 feet between you both. But, if comfortable, hit the woods for solo hunts. Also, carry hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face. Remember to wash your mouth calls after handling.
- Opt for day trips over staying in hunt camp. It might mean more time behind the wheel to and from your hunting destination, but avoiding close contact with other hunters is best during this time.
- Know additional guidelines set forth on a state-by-state basis. This could mean that if you had plans to hunt across state lines to nearby bordering states, you should know if that state now has a mandatory quarantine period for those traveling in from out of state. It also means knowing temporary regulations or closures that may be in place for public lands in your state. For the most up-to-date info, contact your state wildlife agency.
- Share your adventures in a respectful way on social outlets. With many people spending more time online, there is an increased chance your content could come across the eyes of someone who may not agree with hunting. Posts showing respect for the land and the animal may not turn them into hunting advocates, but it may help dispel misconceptions they have about hunters, which is a step in the right direction.
While there are public lands, parks and waters no longer accessible for use, there still are plenty of outdoor opportunities within driving range for those willing. Just remember to practice #ResponsibleRecreation and have fun