Lately, I’ve decided that it’s really time to mix things up. Instead of hunting the way I’ve essentially always hunted, I’m ready for an adventure. I’m planning two hunts currently one close to home, one not so close to home but both of which involve lots of hiking and sleeping on the ground.
While I’m definitely one to take in technology I think the more I get caught up in it the more I want to get away from it. It’s a weird feeling honestly. I am constantly using my iPhone or my computer to do something whether it’s working, tweeting, writing, reading or just wasting time. All of which eventually leads me to the same feeling of wanting to just get away from it.
I won’t spill the beans on the exact plans yet as I’m still working on some details but in my mind they are first an adventure, second a learning experience and third a hunt. Both trips I’m planning to take with good friends who are fellow hunters and I’m pretty convinced there will be limited success, but that’s ok. I find myself frequently wrapped up in judging myself based on my success in killing, and often I come up quite short. I’m working on changing that mindset to really focusing on learning, changing and making the most of each experience. Especially with the limited amount of time I get to spend in the woods. I get trail cam pictures of a buck and feel like a failure when I don’t even have sightings of him or hear of another hunter taking him when really, there are plenty more out there and more will be there next season.
Have you felt this way? Have you just wanted to get out and have an adventure? I know I have and all along the way I made excuses for brushing that want aside. I didn’t have the time or money when really it was more about me not having the guts to commit to doing it and following through. You can find ways to make time and make adventures affordable, and I hope to lead by example in the coming year. Who’s ready for some adventure?