Like many of you, I was unlucky in several of my license draws. It’s a bummer, but I’m not on antidepressants yet because I’m not out of the game.
Leftovers and open units allow a second chance to hunt, even though I didn’t draw tags for prime areas. These options still offer opportunities, and that’s better than sitting on the sidelines.
One of my favorite pastimes is bowhunting elk and, although I didn’t draw my number one choice, I still have options in several units that are open to general hunting. It’s the incentive I needed to scout new country. That in itself is worth missing out on a prime draw, and my first scouting trip is this week.
Now that I have to scout a new area, it will allow me to always have a backup plan in place for future years when I don’t draw. Plus, you never know. I may just stumble across a honey-hole that is overlooked. I’ll let you know.
Sure, I’m a bit dejected over missing out on a few good tags, but it’s not enough to make me skip a few weeks of hunting. If you’re in the same boat, start researching. I’m sure you’ll discover there are other options to keep you in the field … and off the antidepressants.
Hey, Mark, I think I found some sign over here.