But what about those in-between years? For me, there have been too many. There is another option that shouldn’t be ruled out. I have had just as much fun putting together short hunting road trips with family and friends. Maybe it was four days hunting grouse in Michigan, pheasants in Iowa or turkey in Missouri. Sure, it may not have had the grandeur or excitement as some far away destination, but they were just as memorable.
Even sweeter, these do-it-yourself trips are a lot less expensive and easier to plan with only a few weeks notice. And, nothing says some of these trips can’t take place in our own state of Indiana, maybe visiting an area you’ve never been before.
Avid hunter and Kokomo resident Roger Eubank knows the fun of putting together trips within a day’s drive from home. Several years back, on a whim, he traveled to Nebraska.
“Although it wasn’t Idaho or Wyoming, we had one of the greatest times,” he explained.
Since then he has returned on several more occasions with his son Lane.
“We leave early in the morning and get there in the evening,” Lane said. “It is a total blast.”
Jerry Cranor is another who realizes the value of not-so-far-off hunting adventures. Every fall the quality control supervisor and several of his friends spend a week deer hunting and camping in neighboring states.
“We originally started hunting the Hoosier National Forest in 1990 then expanded from there,” he explained.
Since then they have traveled to Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan. This is a far cry from the towering peaks or expansive drainages found in more distant regions, but just as enjoyable.
“Although we don’t travel too far, it’s something we look forward to all year long,” said Cranor. “We rarely go to the same place twice.”