Another Key

Posted: September 21, 2015 in Hunting, Practice & Tips

My Dad declared this weekend that I might be the most patient ten-year old around. During the weekend, I waited quietly in a tree stand scanning and listening for a deer to pass by for over nine hours combined. Unfortunately, the first half without even spotting a deer and the last half noticing only a few, but never having the opportunity for a shot. Granted, bow hunting is much tougher than hunting with a gun. Last week I wrote about the importance of preparation as deer season approaches. Organizing one’s things and being prepared is essential, but this week I want to talk about another key to successful hunting. Perseverance is another important quality that a dedicated hunter must have. The dictionary defines perseverance as, “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success; having persistence, determination and staying power”. Over the past few years, I have discovered bow hunting is a sport that requires an abundant amount of persistence.

While you wait and wait and in the tree stand there are many things you can do to efficiently pass the time. Studying and gathering information on the movement of the deer, not only from your trail cameras, but with an alert gaze makes the time go by faster and not seem wasted. Planning for obstacles that may arise when you are taking aim and strategizing ways to overcome them is another great way to pass time. Additionally, as you are sitting quietly in a tree stand while the forest is waking up, it’s exhilarating and exciting to listen to all the sounds of the forest. This weekend the deep woods were so alive and active, we never had a moment of silence. Although there is also my “spit game” where I try to wangle my spit into the holes in the floor of the deer stand without it touching the edges, but that’s not quite as efficient as the ones I mentioned above.

Another weekend, another failed attempt. My family and friends are seriously craving the deer jerky my parents make from the deer we harvest. Since the freezer is already empty from last year’s hunt, I better start praying that my preparation and persistence start paying off.

But as for you, be strong and do not give up for your work will be rewarded.

2 Chronicles 15:7

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