If you haven’t noticed by now, I should just keep my mouth shut, but the fact remains that I can’t deny the accusations of being mentally, um … distracted. From my boss to my better-half, I’ve been in serious trouble more times than I choose to remember for either skipping “responsibilities” to hunt—or at the very least, mentally spacing out to some far-off hunting adventure. In fact, if my managing editor, Dave Maas, had a dollar for every time he was frustrated with me for slipping on work responsibilities because I was sneaking out early to bowhunt, or I was late with my assignments because I was watching hunting videos on YouTube, he’d have enough cash to retire today.
And I’d bet the $14.37 in my savings account you’re guilty of this more often than not, too. So, what do we do?
My grandpa and hunting mentor was a subscriber to the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” club, so that’s what I’m going to do, and I’m going to do it in a way that benefits both you and me.
Starting within the next few weeks, I’m going to begin pursuing (researching, practicing, gearing-up and killing—hopefully!) a critter of a different species each and every month. I'll report back to you via video blog right here, once per week. For example, it seems obvious I need to be chasing turkeys in April. The first week in April I will identify and extensively research a place to hunt them, in my home state or otherwise. The following week will be tactics, followed a week later by equipment gear-up and final prep. And come the final week in April, with a little divine intervention, I’ll bring you my hunt—hopefully culminating with a flopping turkey. Come May, we start all over with a different critter.
This is going to do a few things. One: I will have something to hunt each and every month of the year, because killing a turkey in the spring and a whitetail in the fall simply doesn’t come close to tickling my venatic addiction. Two: I will be able to get all the hard work out of the way for you by providing the nuts and bolts of helping you find something to hunt when desire comes knocking. I want this format to be as turn-key as possible, meaning you can take what I’ve learned, plug in your specifics, and be able to seamlessly replicate the experience.
I’m going to keep this as DIY as possible (like the public-land black bear I tagged in the photo above), and that’s where I need your inspiration in selecting something to hunt each month of the year.
But we need to be realistic about this. I don’t have an unlimited budget for this (believe me, I’ve begged my overly tight new TV boss), and I’ve got a family I don’t want to alienate in the process. So, although hunting brown bears one month and African Cape buffalo the next has a sex appeal beyond belief, I’m thinking more along the lines of Back 40 turkeys, suburban whitetails and maybe even parasite-carrying barn ducks (more commonly known as pigeons).
This is a high-dollar operation on a low-dollar budget, and will continue to be until I don’t have so many stinkin’ diapers to buy.
Help me, please ... and keep your nose to the wind.