I realize that this space is reserved for a hunting blog, so hang with me on this. What does a quarterback, pitcher, golfer, ballerina, musician and a hunter all have in common?
First, sooner or later each of them will be thrust into the spotlight, figuratively speaking. The audiences will vary considerably; however, it will eventually be showtime. Secondly, countless hours of preparation will have been invested before the moment of truth arrives. Is that an accurate statement? Like they say, the proof is in the pudding. Let's be honest with ourselves: As hunters, do we prepare for the sport we so dearly love? Most of us do, and we should to ensure success—not to mention that’s half the fun.
In recent years I have tried to live with the mindset that being proactive and staying ahead will keep me from having to catch up later. Determined not to fail due to my own complacency, I strive to give my very best, as I should, especially to the things that I am passionate about. Such is the case for my time spent in the great outdoors. In my opinion, if you are participating in something like hunting, where accuracy is key and a life hangs in the balance, you can never practice enough. There are 12 months in a year, so why not take advantage of them by putting in some practice and prep time doing something you enjoy? Hunters generally consider preparation a labor of love. As a cartoon character once said, “If this is torture, man, chain me to the wall!”
Dove season is quickly approaching as fast as the bird itself. Why not grab a box of skeet with a friend and see who is the better shot that particular day? There’s nothing like friendly competition to bring out the best in you. It will be October before you know it, and for all my fellow bowhunters out there, you know how important shot placement is. Fill your BLOCK target with practice arrows now, and make sure you can perform when “Mr. Big” makes his cameo appearance at an unknown distance.
I don’t know about you, but I plan on being in a duck blind at some point this winter! Now it’s time to spread some lead while it’s still warm, and check out some of the innovative new loads manufacturers are offering. As firearm hunters, most of us know first-hand that when a mature buck walks out and you put the crosshairs on him, your heart will be pounding, so make sure you sight-in your rifle before the season starts. It’s important to know your rifle is dead on. Confidence in your equipment is great, but remember, at some point … it’s all you. Are you still with me?
I’d love to hear how some of you get ready for your favorite seasons. Flashlight? Check. Warm socks? Check. Good hat? Check. Camo? Check. Purple and gold for the upcoming LSU football games? Check!
As always, God bless and good hunting,