ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
You know Marc, many will read of your last hunt and say, "Yeah....RIGHT!"
And several years ago I'd of thought the same thing.....but no more. I've had it happen, more than once, and it's just amazing. It doesn't happen all the time, but it does happen. The big difference between you and I, is that you can close the deal better than I can! But I don't get to hunt all that much in recent years. That's alright, the experiences I've been having are priceless!!!
You know WW, "Yeah right" has been in my life since I was a kid but living by the motto "Never give up" has always given me the extra push to try things that most people can't accept. Not to get side tracked but in the book that I'm writing, I'm offering inspiration to young people to never give up, whether it be in hunting or with dealing with life's problems. By going above and beyond, you're bound to experience extraordinary situations of both pain and pleasure. I say, even if you fail by trying, you're at least living and not watching life pass you by. To many people are scared to fail but it's OK to if you try!
With regard to closing the deal, I have failed so many times I can't count. But, when you get that "one time" chance where you can pull it off, it just makes it all worth it. It seems like I succeed all of the time when hunting big bucks, but in reality, for every one good hunt, there's a dozen poor hunts. That's OK with me because I've learned to enjoy the outdoors anyway. Having said that, ground hunting has opened a whole new world of excitement that some people just can't fathom. I'm up close and personal with so many whitetails each year, it's astonishing....and I wouldn't have it any other way!
As far as what other people say, it doesn't matter to me. I get emails every once in a while from jealous or disgruntled hunters stating ugly things regarding my hunting. Things like "It can't be done", "It never happed that way", "The picture's been Photoshoped", etc. What these sad individuals don't understand is, I'm NOT competing with them! I'm not even trying to set a land speed record, I'm just enjoying hunting! Heck, I don't even enter my bucks in the books anymore. I really don't care! Put me up close to a wild animal and I'll have something to remember for a lifetime!
Funny thing though, every person who I helped get into hunting whietails from the ground, has never turned back. I helped a guy who reads my blogs this year by setting him up with a Ghillie suit for his first ground hunt ever. I never met the guy in person but he has read nearly every piece of material I've written regarding ground hunting and he broke the mold, hit the ground and took 2 pope and young bucks in October! Tagged out in October here in IL. He's ecstatic! I can give many more examples but the common denominator is those who have tried have opened up a whole new way to enjoy hunting again!