Don't Waste Your Time!
Don't waste your time wondering aimlessly through the woods. Have a plan and stick to it!
It is pleasing to wonder around the woods. Since a young boy, I have always treasured the time I had in any type of woodland setting. One thing to think about though, is how to maximize your experience. Even on days that you just go out into the woods to get away, it is a time to broaden your knowledge. I always make it a point when I go to the woods to learn something new. Identifying, to ourselves, what we learned each time, builds our aptitude as a woodsman and grows our overall character. Imagine you take a walk 30 times in a year for the next 5 years and identify 1 new thing each time. That works out to 150 learning experiences - who wouldn't want to experience that? If you follow me on social media, you hear me say "I'm going on a scout.” That phase means – I’m going for a walk - to learn something new. Here are a few of my favorite things to focus on.
- Changes of landscape
- Signs of game
- Identifying a new plant or tree
- Mentally mapping a new area and its resources
- Comparing the environment to the resources it offers (wet swampy ground yields what types of trees, hillside and the vegetation, etc)
- Using a resource in the area to reinforce a skill (fire making, feather stick making, etc)
- Choosing a spot for a possible camp
Remember knowledge is the woodsman’s biggest asset. Don't allow yourself to be complacent. Get out there learn and most of all enjoy yourself!!
Reishi found on a scout earlier this week
Chaga found on birch
Remains of a nice buck