Most of us hunt, year in and year out, stuck in a rut of our own making. We aren’t interested in new ideas or areas. We are happy to maintain the status quo, to sit in the same stand every year, and go nowhere. Comfort isn’t growing. Comfort is boring. It is an attachment to the known, and the known is nothing more than our past.
The past exists only in our memories. Attachment to the past severely limits our possibilities in the future, and makes our hunting little more than the stale repetition of worn-out memories. We do the same things over and over again, all the while expecting different results. We’re spinning our wheels and never finding traction.
Uncertainty, on the other hand, is exciting. Uncertainty is tapping into unknown possibilities. It can be a little scary, but fear can be a great motivator.
The fear of change lies somewhere between the known and the unknown—that place between same old, same old and a new pattern. A pattern of what can be, not of what is.
I feel very fortunate to have been raised in a rural community nestled in the rugged mountains of Idaho. In my youth, the locals paid little attention to game laws and seasons. Back then everyone hunted for meat. There was a certain amount of red meat that was needed be brought in to get everyone through the winter and we hunted until that supply was met. Hunting wasn’t for sport. It was for survival. We killed a lot deer. Those were the run, gun, and grin days of hunting here in Idaho. I loved every minute of it.
Times have changed. Those days are gone. But I would like to thank all the old-timers who so freely shared their hunting lore and secret spots with me. The lessons have not been forgotten. Thank you all.