Bowhunting for Adventure
Posted on August 29, 2011
Our sport offers many great attractions. Thereâ€™s the shooting aspect, the camaraderie, the challenge of getting close to game, and the act of experiencing the â€œhunt.â€ Iâ€™d have to say, at this point in my life, thatâ€™s the part I savor the most. Where will my next adventure take me?
However, the adventure aspect of many hunts is often dismantled by our expectations. Time, money, possibly the interference of â€œguided expertise,â€ and what we want to achieve in terms of success and/or a certain size trophy can often minimize our journey for adventure.
Donâ€™t fall into this trap. Enjoy the hunt like it was meant to be, and free yourself from all those hopes and wants.
For example, last season, I drew a quality mule deer tag for a region in Arizona legendary for its monster-buck status. The area was remote and spectacular and offered supreme adventure for anyone ready for it.
During the hunt, I stalked many bucks and had some great close-range opportunities on lesser-sized animals, but I passed. I was trophy-hunting and had a goal in mind: a 170-plus buck or better.
The problem was, I didnâ€™t have a lot of time to hunt. Day after day, I hurriedly searched for that prized animal like a hot-ticket item on Black Friday. My mind was far from being at ease and content and living out the adventure.
When it was all said and done, two four-day hunting trips left me completely strung outâ€”and that coveted tag was still in my pocket. What a mistake I had made! In the end, I knew I had ruined the hunt. My outlook, my priorities, were completely flawed.
I guess you can only learn from your experiences. I know that next time, coveted tag or not, the adventure aspect of my hunts will never take a backseat again. After all, thatâ€™s the part that makes bowhunting so special and rewarding for me â€¦ to just hunt, and let the journey come to full life.