As the season gets rolling now, with two trips to Montana for Antelope done and my largest whitetail bow kill on my ND farm all behind us, I am quickly reminded how much I enjoy hunting season and all the preparations to be ready to match my wits against theirs.
Maybe it’s a weird glitch in me but I do enjoy the mid-level panic that seems to always come the day of and evening prior to leaving on a destination hunt. I’ve found myself getting very good and efficient with this prep time, making lists of things I need to remember to pack and even planning the order in my errands to manage my time well. As an example, I always to try to make my fuel/ice stop the last on my list so the F350 is full and the Yeti coolers are keeping our nourishment cooler that much longer. I also try to eat at home or enjoy one of my local favs (Qdoba) before we leave, to help ration the food we stowed away.
- Licenses…remember the general stamps
- Elite bow w/ release
- Goldtip arrows and G5 broad heads
- Danner boots, camo layers, gloves, hats, rangefinder, binoculars
- Dead Down Wind supplies
This is obviously a very quick list but I often feel like as long as I have the necessities, I an relax knowing I have my basic “tools” with me.
In full disclosure, my proficient preparation has not always existed at this level. I’m the first to admit that I’ve been ill prepared for too many hunts. On those hunts, I not only found myself frustrated but my lack of preparation ultimately affected my ability to relax and enjoy what I love to do. I am fully aware now, that the preparation, while arduous at times, is certainly a strong factor in whether we find success in the field.
I’ve also come to realize how important the prep time is to those around me, especially my kids. When the season starts to crank up, they are there with me as we wash our clothes in Dead Down Wind, organize our packs, shoot our bows and like last night fletch our arrows on the kitchen counter. It’s a great time to share with them about where I’m going and what I hope to experience in the hunt. Inevitably, they have dozens of questions, which lead to great chats about what it is we do.
To that end, take the time to do your prep, become organized, share with your families and be ready for your next experience outdoors. You will be grateful you did. Happy Hunting.