PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF
I used to travel to hunt a fair amount before our kids got old enough to be involved in a lot of activities. Now, I hunt close to home so as not to miss cross country meets and football games, but I did learn a lot from those hunts on the road.
Sometimes I hunted in commercial hunting camps. Rarely for whitetails, but often for other species. After a few years, I started to notice that most hunters in those camps began to get down in the mouth after the midpoint of their hunt.
They seemed to believe that the best was behind them.
They attacked that first day with amazing optimism and energy, but by the last day they barely wanted to get out of bed. In reality, the last minute of the last day should be better hunting than the first minute of the first day. Each day you learn something new, if nothing else, you learn where not to hunt.
There is no reason why the end of the hunt should be worse hunting than the start. It is all in the perception.
Jared hunted to the bitter end last season and was rewarded with a fine trophy – a fully mature buck that he was excited to shoot.
I appreciated the fact that he was shaking with excitement (and cold) after the shot on a buck that most people would consider a consolation prize. Not Jared. He hung in there and eventually took his top target buck.
Sometimes it works like that. The last minute can be just as good as the first minute. Don’t lose heart.
Thanks joining us for the entire first season of Chasing November. We learned a lot in the process of producing this series and will apply to next year’s version to make it better.
Good luck in all that you do and we will see you back here again next year when we are once again “Chasing November”!