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Resolve to go hunting Jan. 1

December 30, 2011 at 04:26 PM

The State Journal-Register

Nearly half of adult Americans make at least one New Year’s resolution.

According to, 75 percent of the resolutions made are holding strong at the end of the first week. Seventy-one percent last for two weeks. Sixty-four percent last for a month. After six months, the number drops off to 46 percent of New Year’s resolutions still being kept.

That’s really pretty good. Almost half of the resolvers keep at least one resolution. Research shows that people who state or write down their resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals.

Even with the research in hand, I’m not a big New Year’s resolver. I’ve already returned most of the tools I borrowed last year — to most of the people I borrowed them from. Almost everyone got his own stuff back. I had a set of offset wrenches left over. Somebody should have put their name on them.

It has been suggested that I fail to participate in the annual tradition of resolving behavior modification because I wouldn’t know where to go to start. Those sharing that insight with me should resolve to enroll in sensitivity training.

On Jan. 1, I’m going hunting. I really won’t have time to start anything new.

Some cultures believe that what you do or eat on New Years Day will have an impact your good fortune for the rest of the year. My favorite of those beliefs is the Dutch notion that eating doughnuts on Jan. 1 brings good luck for the rest of the year.

You can’t be too careful. Not wanting to upset the traditional apple cart, I’ve already have a bag of those little chocolate dipped ones behind the seat in the truck, just in case no place is open when I head out Sunday morning.

This late in the hunting season, we need all the luck we can get. Upland game has moved to the remaining food sources. If the stalks are still standing, hunting the edges or even the middle of cornfields can produce birds.

On public land, strips of milo and sorghum, or patches of standing corn or soybeans, offer better hunting prospects than the timbers and tall grasses.
Watch for hawks circling overhead. They know where their food sources might be feeding. Game birds are likely to feed early and late in the day and digest it all in tight cover.

If you believe your New Year’s Day activities could have an impact on the remainder of the New Year, it’s a good idea to hunt your best spot Sunday. Getting shut out on Jan. 1 might not bode well for 2012.

Buckwheat and I have saved a likely field for New Year’s morning. We’ll be out there before the serious partygoers have taken their first aspirin.

It’s still called hunting for a reason. If we don’t find any birds, we’ll eat the doughnuts. Then we’ll resolve to do better next year and then just hope for the best.

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