By Mark Kenyon

Have you ever tried using the Google Maps app to navigate through town without setting an actual destination?

Probably not. But if you have, you’ll know that it’s pretty much worthless. You’re not going to get turn-by-turn instructions. You’re not going to see the correct route. You’re not going to know when to turn or when to merge or when to turn around. You simply won’t know what to do.

And guess what? The same thing goes for deer hunting.

If you don’t have a destination in mind or in this case, a goal, you won’t know where to go or what to do.

Earlier this week we talked about not letting TV and other hunting media mess with your expectation or goal setting process. But after writing that, I realized that there are probably some folks out there who aren’t setting any kinds of goals in the first place! And that, my friends, is an issue.

For the average deer hunter who likes to head to the woods occasionally for a little fresh air, maybe care-free goal-less hunting is just fine. But you’re not the average deer hunter, are you? I’d venture to guess you’re not.

You’re thinking about deer all year. You’re dreaming about hunting every day of the week. You’re the type that plans and plots and puts in the work. All. Year. Long.

But if you don’t have a clear goal in mind, what do you do? Most likely, nothing. Or just as bad, you do the wrong things.

That said, I want to encourage you to make it a point this season to set a clear goal. Something tangible to work towards. Something specific to push for. Something in particular to plan for.

Maybe make a goal to kill your first three year old buck. Or maybe your first buck. Or maybe your first deer with a bow.

Set a goal to finally actually hunt through the whole day for the entirety of your seven day rut vacation.

Set a goal to follow through on your long time plans of planting those two new food plots.

Set a goal to simply put meat in the freezer. Or maybe to hunt down and kill your oldest buck yet. Or the biggest.

Whatever it is for you. Simply set a goal.

Once you do, you’ll finally have a destination in mind, something to work towards, and something to plan for. And when you do that, I bet you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to make decisions about what to do next and where to go.

So what are you working towards this deer season?

Let us know in the comments section, and be sure to read about my 2015 goals there too.