Happy Valentine’s Day to Mother Nature

Love of the wild creates friction in most outdoorsmen’s relationships. For anyone viewing our passion from the outside, it must look a bit ridiculous. I agree our love of nature drives us to do a lot of things most would view as crazy. We just accept harsh conditions and early hours as part of the experience. Being an outdoorsman is much like being in a relationship – you must take the good with the bad to make it work.

As outdoorsmen, the call of the wild can be overwhelming at times. You find yourself daydreaming about the woods while you’re supposed to be occupied by other activities. Like letting the dog out or taking the turkey out of the oven. You can bet a soiled carpet or burnt bird won’t impress the other half! Then you have the nerve to wake her up at 4:30 a.m. the next day, and instead of doing your chores, you stay out until dark. To add insult to injury, you come home empty-handed. By this point you’re either single again, need a pair of earplugs or have a pretty understanding spouse.

I’ve found a lot of women simply won’t put up with someone who spends as much time outdoors as I do. Being a serious sportsman requires a lot of work and dedication as does your relationship. If not balanced properly, one will suffer. I find it hard to juggle my outdoor life with my personal life, which keeps me single most of the time. Almost all of us have what I will call, “The Buddy with a Ringer.” He can’t go a half an hour without a call from his spouse, 20 more questions, and an argument or two later, he’s finally back to fishing. This can be so annoying to those who go outdoors to escape that form of interruption. Personally, I never want to be that guy, and to that guy, please leave the phone in the truck next time. I’ve learned over time when on a get-away with that guy, you both drive. I’ve had several trips ruined by trying to save a few bucks carpooling. Inevitably, something will come up, and you will either have to figure out how to get a ride home, leave or even worse, drive him home. Either way, your day will be ruined because of someone else’s unbalanced relationship.

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