Never in my 32 years did I think I would ever become involved in the sport of hunting. This is a sport that is not entirely new to my surroundings but it is new to my personal list of hobbies. Both my husband and brother have grown up being very involved in the sport which is the reason for it not being entirely new to me. I know for a fact that I would have never become involved in this if it wasn't for the two of them.
I have come to realize that this sport is very rewarding but also requires a lot of work. It takes so much time and dedication both in-season and off-season. Kind of like training for the Olympics. Ha! I will spare you, for now, and not share all the nitty gritty details that go into each season. But, I will share with you some of my favorite things about the sport.
1. LOTS of quality time with those that you love - My husband, my brother, my brother's girlfriend and our Mississippi crew.
2. The food - This sport allows us to put meat on the table but we also get to eat some good southern cooking every weekend away hunting. We like to call this "bulking season". All of the healthy/clean eating regimens are thrown out the window and it is full on stuff your face mode. All of the restaurants are local, family owned establishments that serve everything just as if you are sitting in your grandmother's kitchen. I'm talking sweet tea that is so good it will rot your teeth out, a secret sweet potato casserole recipe, meat and three options and fried catfish dinners that you have to go early before they sell out. It sounds like I am more in love with the eating than the hunting :)
3. Time spent outdoors - It is a breath of fresh air to get outside and enjoy what God has created. Sitting in the woods during a hunt can be so peaceful and relaxing. So relaxing that I have become pretty good at napping in the tree stand ;) Even if your not a hunter, I challenge you to become more involved on hikes/walks through your local greenway or trails because it brings a nice relief from the hustle and bustle of the real world.
4. The challenge - Go ahead and label yourself as a level 10 stalker in this sport. You have to be very strategic in just about every move you make, every placement you make and watching every move the deer make. But, if you do all this right, luck is in your favor!
5. The reward - To me, the reward is that feeling of accomplishment. Getting my first buck was a huge accomplishment and something I will never forget. So much adrenaline came over me in that moment. I sad a lot of choice words that I never use in my daily vocabulary, I cried, I smiled and then I realized that the hard work paid off and I can do anything that I set my mind too.
6. Looking back at the last 5 things, I wrote more about food...priorities :)
Here's to closing out the season in Mississippi and one proud husband!