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Experiencing the Outdoors;
Cabin Fever
by Cory Boothe


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Cabin fever.

Those words strike fear in the outdoorsman. The main hunting seasons are over and nighttime temperatures are in the single digits. What can be done to cure such a condition? Here’s a Top Ten:

10.  Watch various sports shows on the outdoor channel; however, this has been known to make cabin fever worse.

  9.  Review and clean all gear. This includes guns, ammo, fishing line, reels, etc.

  8.  Go for a hike. Now is an excellent time to pattern deer movement. Tracks in the snow don’t lie. If you are bored, scout, scout, and scout.

  7.  Brave the elements and go trout fishing. Get a 2010 trout stamp and head out to Mountwood, Pennsboro, or Cedar Creek.

  6.  Secure permission to hunt new land. Now is a much better time than the week before the season.

  5.  Start making your own baits or flies. Personal satisfaction is much better that way.

  4.  Go to the Calhoun Library and check out a book about the outdoors.

  3.  Go to a hunting show or seminar.

  2.  Touch base with an old hunting friend and plan a hunt.

  1.  Spend time with your family. Take the wife to dinner. Spend one-on-one time with your kid.

If you harvested a large buck or had an extraordinary hunt, please email me at

Editor’s Note: Cory is the son of Ronzel and Karen Boothe of Russett. He is a 1996 graduate of Calhoun County High School and is a teacher at Meadow Bridge Elementary, Fayette County. He resides near Summersville.)

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