CRUSH LIFE! In the outdoors, it’s a matter of mind. Staying focused, staying positive and staying in form results in more fish, more game and more targets taken. We talk about ways to mentally up your outdoors efforts in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Take Aim at Success. Whether it’s the pattern of mounting a gun or going through rods the night before a day of fishing – the same preparation breeds success across all disciplines. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 5/1 – Mayday! – Hi 46, Lo 33, Wind N@7.
Tomorrow: Thu 5/2 – Better! – Hi 57, Lo 32, Wind S@13, G22.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
5:34AM 5:26PM 11:25AM 11:46PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (11% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:00-9:00PM. Sunset and subsiding rain should help with the bite in today’s Edge Hour.
A POUND OF PREP. Checklists, reviews, and gear inspection are vital before any fishing or hunting trip. Knowing where everything is, what shape it is in and that you have enough jigs, ammo or bait to last the adventure is key. Set to work on a standard one for your favorite type of outdoors activities.
MAKE IT A MANTRA. Getting twitchy in the stand? Come up with a word that calms and focuses you. It could be “stay ready” or “be aware.” On the grind for big fish like muskies, or post-front walleyes? Remind yourself success might come “on the next cast.” Finding a word or saying that focuses the mind and returns the body to a ready state helps in times of boredom or slow fishing.
PRACTICE. For trap and field shooting, practice mounting your gun frequently. In season, out of season, in the heat of summer, whenever. Even if you’re not shooting building that muscle memory helps keep things uniform now and more so in the future. Apply these tips across all pursuits and life and keep a positive mental attitude.