Kick-Out Cabin Fever

I was feeling sorry for Bostonians and those that live in zip codes north of Bean Town, but during the past few days, winter has returned to Wyoming with a revved up vengeance. It has me thinking it’s time to plan a varmint shoot with ground hogs as the main target.

Whether you’re battling ice, subzero weather, gloomy days or feet of snow like our hunting friends in the Northeast, it’s cabin fever time of year. What’s worse yet are the little shots of springtime weather that make you believe spring is on its way. It is, but then you blink your eyes and—bam!—another snowstorm hits without warning.

I get cabin fever whether the thermometer reads 10 or 55 degrees out. It’s the time of year when I make a living beating the heck out of my computer’s keyboard. If I can find a weather window to sneak outdoors, even to scoop snow, I’m gone. Snow scooping isn’t at the top of my list of activities to cure cabin fever, but it gets the job done when I can’t escape to call coyotes or even just take a hike with my wife.

Do you need some ideas to cure your case of cabin fever? Here are a few to consider as a fix until spring arrives.

  • First, visit a sport show. There are still a few on the schedule including the Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo in Columbus, March 13-15. Do some online surfing in your zip code to see what sport shows are still available. Get together with friends and look at new gear, research outfitters and take in a seminar. It’s cheap outdoor entertainment, and if you’re in Ohio look me up in mid-March.
    • Inventory your whitetail hunting location. Winter reveals many of the deer living on a property as they hunt for food while resources are limited. Is there enough refuge on your property to hold deer and do you need more food plots? If you don’t like the answers, begin planning for forestry and farming projects when weather allows. If you need help, consider hiring a consultant such as my good friend Art Helin. They can visit your property, inventory the habitat and draft a plan to make your piece of heaven a big-buck producer.
      • Finally, I’m starting to scour my whitetail and mule deer spots for shed antlers and keeping an eye on the elk until they drop. Hiking is great exercise and the chance to find a shed antler provides a prize at the end of the outing. I find many of my antlers by snooping in rugged areas, but I always rely on my Nikons to discover a few long-range trophies. As soon as some more snow melts, I’ll be out after shed antlers with a fever to match the cabin fever I’m experiencing now.
      • Here’s hoping you find a remedy for your cabin fever affliction.

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