Keep your head up and stay in the game

As with other sports, hunters and fisherman have to be prepared for failure. In a sport that leans in the furry and finned competitorís favor, one must learn to deal with second place on a regular basis.

When encountering or watching a sport being played by professionals, it can seem easy. Itís only after you try and lose that you understand what it takes to win. Anyone that has played sports has to get used to persevering after a loss. Those who quit after a streak of bad luck are sure to never win. Hunting and fishing are sports that can be extremely frustrating at times. Some learn to deal with the ups and downs, while others canít deal and quit. Of all the sports I have been involved in, hunting has had the highest failure rate. Some days just seem like you canít do anything right. This can also extend into a full season of you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me moments. What is done during these times of dejection can make or break your entire season.

Many new sportsmen envision themselves stepping into the woods like a grocery store to simply grab some grub and head home. What a rude awakening it is to be that guy. When I started hunting, I thought all it took was a gun and some camouflage to bring home a deer. Surely an animal dumb enough to stand in the middle of the road only to be mowed down by oncoming vehicles would be easy to harvest. It only took a few days in the wood to realize hunting wasnít as easy as I had envisioned it.

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