Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Wild Stewardship

picture-for-merry-christmas-blog1It’s two days after Christmas, did you get everything you asked for this year? It’s time to get outside and test out all those new gadgets and gear that got unwrapped in the last few days. Maybe you got a new bird feeder to put out in the yard, or some new hiking socks, a GPS, or trekking poles to test out. No matter what your favorite outdoor gift was this year, make sure you put it to good use and get outside.

Now is also the time to think about New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. To be successful at keeping your resolution, make sure your goal is realistic. It may also help to write it down and put it somewhere visible so it is not forgotten about. Try setting your resolution as a task or reminder in your phone, we all know those go with us everywhere these days. Don’t forget, it is ok to have multiple smaller goals, not just one big one to work toward. In fact, having a list of resolutions can be a benefit because you are more likely to find some success, and crossing goals off your list can motivate you to complete even more. If you don’t get to all of them that is ok too, you can roll the rest of the list over to next year.

Need some help coming up with an outdoor resolution? Here is a short list of ideas to get your wheels turning:

  1. Try hiking a new trail each month. There are many smartphone apps out there to download that will show you the trails near you.
  2. Check out a state or county park that you haven’t visited yet.
  3. Take your running to another level and try trail running. We all know running is great exercise, but getting out in nature will help to boost your state of mind as well.
  4. Teach someone to hunt, fish, or trap. Passing on your knowledge helps to ensure a bright future for these outdoor sports.
  5. Put up a bird house or feeder in your yard. This is not just a good way to give back and help the birds in your area, but also allows for bird watching opportunities. Remember to check out when shopping for your bird house.
  6. Learn to process your own venison or other game meat this next hunting season. It is a wonderful feeling and connection to nature to know exactly where your food comes from, and what goes into it.
  7. Give kayaking a try. Lakes and rivers are everywhere, get out there and start paddling.
  8. Join a conservation group. There are lots of them ranging from local sportsman’s clubs to state and nation wide organizations.
  9. Plan a backcountry backpacking trip, either near you or out of state.
  10. Plan an out of state hunt. Maybe you are a Midwesterner who has always dreamed of going on a Moose, Elk, or Caribou hunt. Take a step this year toward making it a reality.

Merry Christmas to all, get outside and make your new year an exceptional one!