Beneath the surface there is much intelligence, and above the surface there is much self-delusion.
In recent years science has discovered there is more to human intuition than fear of loud noises and fear of heights. Intuition allows us to put seemingly random thoughts together and brought solutions. It is our human intuition which allows us to learn languages.
Most of what we consider intuition is actually known as childhood amnesia. We retain our past but do not explicitly recall it. Intuitively, we know more than we are aware. Some of what we don’t explicitly recall we implicitly, intuitively remember.
For as long as I can remember I’ve asked every successful hunter what he looks for in a hunting area. The answer was almost universal, " It just felt like a good place to find a big deer."
Intuition plays a great role in the selecting of hunting sites. If you want to develop your hunting intuition, unique do nothing more than spin a lot of time with whitetail deer.
Spend as much time as you can exploring deer habitat. Look for funnels and bedding areas.
After you harvest a buck, backtrack his trail as far as you can. Learn the where’s, why’s, and when’s as best you can. You’ll be building your hunting intuition.
All of these events will be added into your subconscious mind and soon you will be able to look at hunting spot and tell if it feels right are not without giving it much thought.
Is intuition always correct? Sadly, the answer is no.
Here is the litmus test I use to test my intuition. If the idea gives me a sense of expanded opportunities, it’s good intuition. If the idea gives me a feeling of contraction, it’s probably not such a good intuition.
The first principle of using intuition is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.
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.