What Is Hunting About For You?
(by Brad Wilson - guest contributor)
Have you ever just sat back and asked yourself why you hunt? Have you ever wondered what it is all about with the expensive leases, high price of ammo, $1000+ guns, ATVs, boats, dogs, and so on?
I have hunted most of my life and sometimes I have to stop and ask myself what it is really all about. There was a time when all I cared about was getting that bull pintail sporting a pair of 8 sprigs or that mallard drake that had 4 curls, fully plumed out, with some jewelry on its leg. I have to admit I was caught up. I was more worried about showing off my accomplishments than being thankful for what I had been blessed with.
It wasnt until about 4 years ago while I was at a Blast & Cast Mens Ministries
event that I realized that this game that we all take part in is more than we sometimes give it credit for. It is about sitting in a duck blind, brushed in by the natural habitat that had grown up around it. It is about watching the sun rise over the bay that has a thin layer of fog over the top of it and seeing a wad of early morning teal come buzzing into the decoys. It is about the smell of gunpowder when you pull the trigger on that brand new Beretta A400 Xtreme shotgun
that you were so forunate to receive. It is about watching your dog work to retrieve the bird you shot but didnt know was banded until you got it in your hand. Its about friendships, camaraderie, and brotherhood that you share with some of the closest friends in your life. Its about watching your first-born child shoot his or her first duck with your grandpas old Stevens single shot .410 and seeing the huge smile on their face. Its about being able to share that same first duck with your brothers in the blind. Its about taking your 70 year old grandpa hunting with you and soaking in his infinite wisdom, quietly, because one day he wont be there to share it with you.
All-too-often we get caught up in the rat race of life, whether it be work, home, or these great outdoors that we were so graciously blessed with. All-too-often we need to stop, take a step back, and realize the money, time, and effort we spend has its own rewards that are far beyond what we sometimes give credit for.
So what is hunting about for you?
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