Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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The Categorical Bird Hunter

On a recent road trip, my hunting partner Rick Young described a
buddy as “being in love with planning the hunt,” while Rick
described himself as “loving the act of actually hunting.” That got
me thinking about which category I fit into and if there are other
categories folks would classify themselves as fitting into. Here’s
what I’ve come up with so far:

The Planner Loves the Process of Hunting

· Do you love the last minute trip to Gander Mountain or

· Do you love laying out all your hunting gear and meticulously
packing it?

· Do you love strategizing the “where’s” and “how’s” of every field

· Do you keep a detailed log of each year’s bird harvest

The Chaser Loves the Act of Hunting

· Do you simply love to grab your gun, a handful of shells, and
start walking?

· Does the flush of a rooster, the swing of the shotgun and the
puff of feathers put the wind in your sail?

The Escape Artist Loves Getting Away Through

· Do you love the camaraderie of hunting that only college dorm
life can rival?

· Do you love a walk in the pheasant field behind a bird dog with
nothing in front of you but the rolling hills and the sun on the

· Do you look forward to that pub cheeseburger after a long day’s
hunt for 364 days out of the year?

The Traditionalist Loves Hunting for Food and

· Do you love the basic instinct of providing food for the

· Do you hunt to connect with your grandfather, dad, or another
family member?

I don’t believe any of these categories are “better,” than
another. I just think it’s interesting to examine all the different
motivations about why we all enjoy hunting. I doubt I’ve even
covered all possibilities for how a person would classify
themselves as a hunter. Likewise, I’m certain most readers will
look at this list and see a little of each category in their own
love for hunting.

However, with all that being recognized, if you were to
categorize yourself into one of these four slots . . . which one do
you most fit into?

If push came to shove, I categorize myself as an Escape

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s
Vice President of Marketing. Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

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