Quality family time in the field

The reasons we hunt can be as different as the people that do so. Although there are different reasons for hunting, at the end of the day it's all about one thing.

I have been blessed to have the Meek family as friends. Jared Meek and I hunt and fish together all the time, but this year things have changed a bit. While our past outings were mostly all boys, this year Stephanie Meek, Jaredís wife, decided to join us in the field. She got into fishing with us a couple years back, and has caught the bug bad. Itís a good thing for Jared. He now has her asking to go on outings, rather than having to ask to go himself. We have had many great fishing trips, and now itís on to a new chapter.

I have talked in the past about today's women becoming involved in the outdoors more than any time in previous history. I mentioned that the influx of women in the field was likely due to a more accepting male society that now can see women as being equal or even better at sports such as hunting and fishing. The fact is most women I have met can outshoot many of our braggart hunting buddies. This is without years of practice and field experience. They just tend to shoot better!

Needless to say, I was excited to join the Meeks on a turkey hunt this past weekend. She has not shot at a bird as of yet, so I was interested to see her reaction if we got one. We set up before sunrise and listened to the woods come alive. After the hunt was over, she mentioned how amazing it was to hear all the song birds wake up and usher in a new day. I knew at this point that she had the right idea. Some hunters get caught up in trying to harvest a bird and forget to enjoy the rest of the experience. You see, to real hunters it's not about the kill. A good hunt consisted of the experience had and what you choose to consider a success. A real hunter learns that harvesting an animal is a rarity, so you must learn to enjoy the little things or the fun will be lost. Hunting can be hard, stressful, annoying, frustrating, exciting, amazing, and rewarding all at the same time, although most of the time it's only a couple ranges of emotions. What I'm getting at is if you don't learn to smell the roses, you might miss the best experience of your hunt.

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