Take it from me, hunters and anglers shouldn’t lose sight of what’s important
Too often I run into people that seem more concerned about catching the biggest fish, or the largest amount of fish and they tend to become quite competitive. This competitive nature in humans is hard to fight, but it has a tendency to rear its ugly head and cause people to lose sight of just what is important when they are out fishing.
Over the last month I have been through the ringer with doctors and nurses. See I was diagnosed with cancer and I am now fighting for my health. I am fighting to kick this horrible disease and it has offered me a great opportunity to reflect.
There is a set definition in the dictionary of what success means, but in the world of the outdoors this word can take on an entirely different meaning. It is typically defined on a person by person basis and I want you take a minute to think about what it means to you.
To some being a successful outdoorsman means knowing all the possible hunting and fishing secrets. It also can be related to the amount of fish you catch or game you harvest. Too many people measure success on a physical level and don’t think deep enough about it to realize the other ways to be successful.
Given my current situation my thoughts and views of fishing and hunting have taken a different turn. Let’s talk about the little things that are often taken for granted. Items that as an outdoorsman often overlooks. You could say that these things are the “finer things in life”.
My mind often takes me back to a great example of what success means to me. One year I was sitting in my deer stand on a cold and blustery day. I hadn’t seen a deer all day and the sky started to spit out large puffy flaked snow.
I was concentrating on keeping warm and looking for any movement of a northern Illinois whitetail, when it occurred to me: it was dead quiet and I could actually hear, yes, hear the snow falling.
The rest of the time in my stand I found myself not only scanning the woodlot for deer, but also taking in the glory and beauty that was around me. I watched as the birds huddled up to stay warm and the squirrels were busy digging in the leaves in search of a leftover acorn or two.
These are some of the things that are often overlooked by an outdoorsman. We often get tunnel vision in our quest for fish or game so we don’t take the time to understand what it means to be an outdoorsman.
Take a minute and think, what does being a successful outdoorsman/woman mean to you? Take some time to think and reflect on some of the stories and experiences that you have shared with others or by yourself.