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So it’s mid bow season and your looking at everyone’s posts and pictures of their monster bucks and your starting to wonder why your are not on the board yet. Guess what? It’s ok!
“Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person” – Fred Bear
1) Every single time you are in the woods, take it all in. Take that hat off and just listen to all the sounds of nature.
2) self reflect- some of my best thoughts and ideas come from the tree stand.
3) Put your iPhone down ( unless your reading this post of course, haha, but really) I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to be away from the noise and people.
4) Use your rangefinder. Make sure you are ready for a shot in any direction and already have your distance mapped out. It’s not always going to happen just like the dream you have of that monster buck coming right down the path and standing broadside.
5) It’s ok to pass up that doe or small buck. If you don’t feel right about it, don’t take the shot.
6) keep a journal of weather, wind direction, and patterns the deer travel in and what time… of course rut will mess this all up… where are your “hot” does traveling?
7) Don’t necessarily watch for deer… watch for movement and know the deer are doing the same…
8) Always keep hope and optimism…. I have felt defeated and got out of my stand… only to spook a deer in the process!
Hunting is a process , a journey rather, where man ( and woman) connect with an animal in a special way. Hunting is the most honest way of providing food for your family. It involves a deeper respect and humbleness towards your food source! There is no other feeling than the feeling of accomplishment that you were able to brave the conditions and overcome the odds between you and a wild creature!! And yes, a feeling of sadness comes across me that I have taken a life of a beautiful creature, followed by humbleness and respect that I am blessed to be able to provide food for my family. I encourage anti- hunters to self reflect if this has ever been a thought process when buying meat in a store… because there it’s just a package, not a creature. It’s not pure and you have no bond with that package! But in the woods, it’s a humbling experience like no other!
Well that’s my take… thanks for reading! Any input please let me know!