Feeling The Passion

feeling the passion

A journey out during late bow season in WI, December 2012.

One Saturday morning, before the bank opened, I threw in the Dropped: Project Alaska season 1 DVD to kill some time.

Thoughts flooded my mind on my passion for hunting. I began to clearly think how much I enjoy hunting and I began to feel the yearning to get outside.

Watching, I related to Chris and Casey Keefer’s frustration of not seeing game.

I mainly hunt public land. It’s got heavy hunting pressure. Therefore, when hunting, my goal changes from shooting a deer to just finding sign, to just seeing deer. You see, finding fresh sign feels like success. It provides a lift to keep hunting.

Hunting is sometimes about working backwards, coming back to the drawing board and always adapting to conditions and finding ways to remain positive.

About The Pursuit
To me hunting is seeking, seeking to be successful at finding, shooting and eating game.

And that means hunting is a journey to find game. I’ve determined this is what makes hunting addicting. It’s still a journey whether you fill your tag or go home to prepare tag soup.

In the journey you’ll witness aspects of yourself and make memories with those you hunt with. You’ll experience the elements of nature. Rain and wetness. Sun and heat. Wind and cold. Fear and respect. You’re taking in knowledge and teaching by giving knowledge.

The challenge of hunting is part of the journey that’s addicting. Now, this is something I wonder: Is this how you feel? Is this how hunter’s who have taken slams still feel?

This is a second post on thoughts about hunting.

Your Hobbies Lead To Adventure

I believe my hobbies allow me to look at everything as an adventure. To me adventure is fun, curious, refreshing, freedom, and a way to get outside. Hobbies are a way to break up the normal routine(make the everyday life fun and exciting), gain experience, and can help you enjoy the different seasons throughout the year.

Adventure

Biking and fishing go together. You can save gas and go where a car cannot.

Overlap Hobbies:

You see, you can bike to a fishing spot, may find a new fishing spot while scouting for a hunt, or biking/long-boarding around, and find a new hunting spot by fishing, and vice-versa. Doing multiple hobbies opens up the door for exploration exponentially.

Snowboarding, ice-fishing and hunting require ways to keep warm. Therefore, you may find yourself using your clothing layers and technology from snowboarding to stay warm ice-fishing. This also allows you to kill two birds with one stone since you can wear the same clothes for ice-fishing as you do snowboarding.

Each hobby also has there own tools to adjust gear specific to that hobby. Because of this, you can learn about how to use tools and may find that tools from one hobby will work for a different one. Again, this is a way to overlap your hobbies, and learn things from different hobbies.

Your homework:
Write down your hobbies (the things you like to do, and the things you spend money on for enjoyment). After you’ve written them down, keep that list handy and check back here for a new post on finding adventure through your hobbies.

A Night Before A Fishing Trip

On the night before a fishing trip I’m anxious. Anxious about everything for the trip, even breakfast. Even if it’s a local fishing trip. The feelings are: how baits will work, what baits will work, and the first cast of the trip. Preparing is just as fun as the trip, although often not done as well as I could since my mind is racing about how the trip will be, and how the weather will be.

I’ve often thought I’ll catch a stringer full of the fish I’m after before the fishing trip; I’m doing so right now about tomorrows. Then, I wonder if thinking I’ll catch a bunch will jinx a successful day on the water. Superstitions are silly and I don’t by into them too much, so, I block this silly idea.

At the fishing spot if i’m not catching fish shortly after I arrive, I often find my self praying to just catch one fish and then I’ll be satisfied. And usually after catching that first fish, it’s not long before I’m praying and hoping to catch more. After all, I want a fish fry, or want to tell friends and my dad I was successful catching fish.

Successful catching fish, what determines a successful fishing trip? To be clear, it can mean different things to different anglers. For me catching one fish is successful. And I feel more successful if I do with lures than with live bait. But lures vs live bait is another blog post.

This post is about the feeling of a fishing trip the day before, more specifically the night before. As written earlier, this is the night before early morning Saturday fishing. I’m anxious, and as mentioned above about preparation, I should doing just that, now.

Well, I’m itching to fish now. And more anxious for tomorrow a.m. than when I started this post.

Do you feel anxious before a fishing trip? What do you prepare? Do you get your rods rigged before heading to the lake and buy bait beforehand? Or do you wait till you arrive at the spot to see how the weather conditions are? How do you do breakfast?