Taking a walk is a good way to clear your head, stretch your muscles, and manage your weight. Hunters know well the benefits of walking through the woods, whether it’s to scout, hunt, or just enjoy nature. Hearing the woods awaken on a crisp morning, smelling rich soil mixed with dew and leaves, and feeling the first hints of sunshine break through the forest canopy add to the enjoyment and adventure of hunting. James Swan says that being aware of his surroundings enables him to make the most of his time outdoors, and offers tips on how you can maximize your walks in the woods.

“Walking is good for everyone. Walking in a beautiful natural area is better. Walking with some woodsmarts enriches the experience even more. It also gives you some more skills to increase your hunting success. Walk, and see how much more aware of what is around you can comprehend.”

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Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.