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A friend’s New Year’s resolutions read the following: Bowfish more. More bowfishing. Bowfish a lot. Always bowfish. Make time for more bowfishing.

That is dedication to a passion. For myself, I want more diversity at this time, although I have had singular-focused agendas in the past. However, just as my friend did, it is good to put down on paper what you want to do, and then constantly double-check the list each day throughout the year.

In my previous life, working as an area manager for an automotive service company, my four walls of my office donned my objectives. Ten items were what I wanted my managers to focus on, and if those 10 things were done, then everything else would fall in line. Nowhere did I have an objective of making more money, increasing customer count, or expanding profit, even though those three things were the objectives of the company.


Because if those other 10 things were done, the three that the company wished for would happen naturally. So, for resolutions (and no, it isn’t too late to make them or adjust them), it is best to keep them simple and let everything else fall in place.

There is always a question behind the question, and as you find that question and answer it, that is how you can hit the little things in order to make the big things come to fruition.

For this column, I want to continue to build diversity in outdoors stories. As for a resolution, that will not work, though. Therefore, I have to break it down.

For 2019, I want to do more stories on hiking. Again, how to do that? We will talk about the Appalachian Trail, the Mountain-to-Sea Trail, and proper gear for such.

As for the gear, there are three basics for living — food, water and shelter. Yes, this column is going to cover all three separately, and it should be interesting.

I want to cover the striper run on the Roanoke River more this year. Perhaps updates as the migration heads up river touching communities such as Plymouth, Jamestown and Williamston before reaching the climatic and exciting end in Weldon.

I want to talk turkey a bit as the season comes in and the weather starts changing. Turkey restoration in North Carolina has been a huge success story, but are there changes that need to be made to further the growth in certain counties?

I love dogs. My Ari remains my companion, and I want to emphasize how she travels with me on 

extended trips. 

Speaking of trips, I have a few planned, and over the last six months, have been converting a Sprinter van for my travels. With a few tricks up my sleeves, not only is it suitable for the camper life, but it makes a tremendous outdoors-based vehicle good for everything from visiting national parks to kayaking, four wheeling, hunting and fishing.

I did very little archery in 2018. I will do more in 2019. We will start with the basics, increase skills and prepare for archery season.

Of course, this column covers the dove season opening weekend each year, but I have something different planned for 2019.

Then things come to hunting season, with deer, bear and waterfowl closing the year. However, there is more, such as trapping that has been covered very little in this column, as well as running dogs, again, covered very little. I will do more.

And there is my resolutions which will result in a diversified outdoors column that everyone can at least enjoy, reminisce, and participate in at least a portion of the year. May you all have a very blessed and nature-filled 2019.

Bill Howard is an avid bowhunter and outdoorsman. He teaches hunter education (IHEA) and bowhunter education (IBEP) in North Carolina. He is a member of North Carolina Bowhunters Association and Pope & Young, and is an official measurer for both.