More to the hunt than the kill

Hobbies, I’ve got a couple.

I fish a little and I play a little golf (not very well, mind you).

But I love to hunt. Some people may think it’s all about the kill – taking down a whitetail buck, a black bear or spring gobbler must be the highlight, right? Well, sorta.

Don’t get me wrong, having a mature gobbler circling a decoy or watching a buck with his nose to-the-ground on a urine line headed my way, is some of the most exciting moments a hunter will ever enjoy. I’ll admit, my heart still jumps at the sound of a gobbler on the roost or a buck grunting while chasing a doe.

But to me, being a hunter is more than the moment of the kill. For me, the preparation to the season is half the fun – finding the right camo, setting a stand in just the right tree or experimenting with different broadheads – that’s the part of the hunt which seldom gets told on TV.

Finding a deer to hunt I find to be some of the most enjoyable moments. Why hunt in an area where there’s few deer to chase? You wouldn’t fish in a puddle at the end of your driveway, right?

Hunters take on many projects during the summer months, too. They build food plots, plant future apple orchards, secure old stands and, maybe most importantly, assist in conservation projects. Hunters are some of the most giving people I know – they volunteer their time for the good of wildlife every year.

So is hunting all about the kill? Hardly. For me, it’s more about the people I get to spend time with in the woods. It brings fathers and sons together, and generations of families have dinners centered around hunting season. They head to camp or drive once a year to their favorite place to hunt with an uncle or neighbor.

The antlers on the wall can be an added bonus to the story. For many, hunting is the ongoing story which is told over and over again. And that’s just fine by me.





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