By Jason Reid
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- As a member of the archery and bowhunting community, I understand we can be a quirky bunch. I’m not really sorry for my quirks as a bowhunter.
But I do realize our passions for adventure often can cross into obsession.
We push ourselves to be better each year, drive our friends and family crazy, and seek the company of fellow archers because we need to commiserate with others who truly “understand”. You might call us bowhunting junkies, bums or archery rats for the way we walk through life. Thinking through some of the things we do while living out these passions, I decided to make a list.
Organizational Skills: Hunting gear was spread out all over the floor in individual piles, each different piece of clothing grouped with their respective pieces. Hardly a free space between the door and my bed, I was carefully looking over each piece. My mother popped her head through the door and said, “This place is a mess.” “But mom, I’m organizing for hunting season,” I said. She looked at me with disbelief and said, “Honey….. it’s June.”
Dialing In: For some shooters, hitting the target within a six inch circle is deadly. Not to the archery rat. You get mad at yourself if you are not consistently grouping arrows within a bottle cap sized target. You’ve thrown arrows and even cursed out loud. Your family might look at your like you have three heads. But everything must be perfect. There is no room for the slightest error in the field and you will spend however many hours you need in the backyard practicing.
Hitting The Gym: Never before did you really consider working out. But now you have traded in feastmode for beastmode and actually have made a concerted effort to hit the gym. All in the name of being a better hunter you feel more motivated and look forward to the pain of the squat rack.
Relationships: You may find yourself consciously avoiding relationships the months lead to and during the hunting season. If you have made excuses on why you can’t go out with someone out of fear of being tied down during hunting season you might fall into this category. If you have ever been on a nice romantic hike with your significant other, but you are simultaneously picking out treestand locations, you are one of us. Now this last one may hit close to home for some. If you have purposely planned weddings and strategically planned your children around the fall, do I have news for you.
Attire: You may feel it perfectly acceptable to bum around the house in your camouflage long underwear and shorts and a base layer. Somehow you ended up at the store in the same outfit.
Photos: Every bowhunting bum takes the classic photo of their arrow on their rest during each hunt.You take two photos of your broad head and blow up your social media news feeds with photos of sunrises and sunsets. If you have ever had to talk someone into taking photos of you for social media, congratulations, you are one of us.
Preparation: The rest of your family may be settling in on a cozy winter day, but you are gearing up to take inventory. Inventory has a totally different meaning to you as your run your rounds checking different trail cameras to see what bucks made it through the season. When asked why you are already working towards the next hunt your response is, “Opening Day is only nine months away.” Subsequently, shed hunting does not include trips to Lowes or your local home and garden center.
Time: You only feel slightly disheveled after hunting 27 our of 30 days.
Others: You want to see hunting grow and love talking with new hunters and others like you, but you do not like to see other people in the woods.
Resume Builder: When you meet new people in public or at a social gathering and the topic of what everyone does for a living comes up, you mention bowhunting like it is a part of your job.
Foods: To You have begun to refer to what you shoot as organic food and claim you have been an organic supporter since the day you started hunting. Subsequently, trail mix only tastes good when you have sat in a tree for 11 hours straight. What a tree hugger.
TV Personnel: You feel more of a connection to the people on the Outdoor Channel and refer to these people like you are cousins when talking to your real family. Well, we are all connected in this insanity.
About Jason Reid:
Jason Reid is a writer and business professional from upstate New York. After deciding to pursue his dream of becoming an outdoor writer, Jason started a blog from his dorm room at Houghton College, growing it and working hard to earn opportunities. While bowhunting big game is his ultimate passion, Jason welcomes all outdoor challenges which force him to push his limits. Jason’s work can be viewed on his website Pushingthewildlimits.com