What in your life do you have control of? I would like to think that most aspects of my life I have control of, but not so long ago that wasn’t the case.
I kind of back doored my way into college without much enthusiasm. I went through the motions never really giving a shit or putting much effort into it.
If this wasn’t a hunting blog I could go into the college structure and systems and how I think most of it is bull shit. But this is a hunting blog so I will keep this short.
I left school and became a cop, later finishing my degree. I was a cop for close to 5 years and realized it wasn’t for me… Again I could get into the structure of our society and a bunch of bull shit but this a hunting blog so I will get to my point..
Before I quit being a cop and wanted to get into the business world and I began these exercises where I would self reflect.
When is say self reflect, I am saying brutally tear yourself apart. What are you not good at… Pull it out of yourself, it is only you and you having this conversation.
It has since changed my life and my businesses. It gave me the monetary and timely freedom that I desperately wanted before. Which brings me to the hunting part…
I sat back and thought in a recent self reflection “how can I use the same techniques to improve my hunting?”
I wrote down every excuse I could think of in the last 5 years on why I didn’t kill a specific deer. The list came out to be around 40-45 reasons. I consolidated them below.
Physically and Mentally Burned out
Lack of Wind Knowledge
Lack of Farm Knowledge
Lack of Preparation with my bow
Lack of hunting time
I came to the conclusion that everything on here is a result of time and effort. Not one of these things was out of my control.
Some of these things I have improved on over the years to a point where they aren’t the issues anymore and some I have developed new plans for this upcoming season.
Over Hunting: I have improved this category a ton in the last couple years. I have stopped over hunting highly intrusive locations and hunt them 1-2 times a year and sometimes 0. Have also added more properties to hunt, keeping the pressure minimal on all of them.
Physically and Mentally Burned out: I have made an effort to improve my physical and emotional health during the grind of a season. Sleep and healthy diets go a long ways to keeping your energy and attention high.
Lack of wind knowledge: (USE MILKWEED)… Go find some milkweed pouches and bring them every single time to the woods. I spend my whole sit tossing milkweed, you can see how your wind and thermals will change throughout the day and year.
Lack of Farm Knowledge: This is a reoccurring process. I set time aside in February and March to get boots on the ground (32 Miles). But as your farm changes and you gain new properties you need to stay on top of this.
Unlucky: Bullshit NEXT
Lack of preparation with your bow: This is inexcusable. There is no rule on how much to shoot, just shoot until you feel confident with yourself… remember self reflect… There isn’t a worse feeling in the world than wounding a giant buck. Practice until you are confident and then practice some more.
Shitty Access: I made a pact with myself and my future self that I will not hunt stands that have bad access and I will only hunt my stands when my access in and out make sense. Future me will be happy.
Lack of hunting time: Find out why you are not getting in the woods! Mine was… 1. Work (found a new career) 2. Weather related (cold, windy, rainy). I again made a pact with myself, future self and hunting partner Barking beard, that we will at least go and observe when we have a free day… Weather is not a good enough reason to stay home.
Here is the deal… Your success in life and in the woods is on your shoulders… If you don’t like something self reflect and create a plan to change it…
I am going to deep dive into some of these with the next blog being on the pros and cons of DIY box blinds…
Get out there people there is a little chill in the air!
About The Author
Taylor is the Owner and founder of 1080 Outdoors. He founded the company from his drive and passion of the Outdoors. He thoroughly enjoys Turkey and Deer Hunting in midwest. He runs a digital marketing company after he recently left the Law Enforcement profession. Follow along on Taylor’s hunting journey this year.