Social distancing, it’s a hot topic these days. With the threat of a fast traveling virus and a strong recommendation to stay away from each other people are heading for the hills. When it comes to hunters and the lifestyle we choose, this isn’t really anything new for us. We are basically pros when it comes to embracing the great outdoors and getting the heck away from people. You could say we practically invented social distancing...years ago.
Every September we head into the wilderness in hopes of locating the majestic, and oftentimes elusive elk. If we are lucky enough, we find the herd. If we are really lucky we get the chance to pull our bow back and ride the roller coaster of emotions that comes with harvesting an animal. But, there’s so much more to this story and this experience than the thrill of the chase, there’s of course, the element of social distancing.
The world we live in is crazy and busy. And, sometimes it can be downright overwhelming. We have full-time jobs to work, meals to cook, children to care for, animals to tend to and more. If we are lucky, we are able to carve out time for a little fun, for a little shooting therapy, for some shed hunting and so on. But then, something happens...the next hunting season approaches and we get our priorities straight. We push some tasks aside and make time to get outside, to enjoy a little outdoor therapy, to yes, social distance.
With boots laced tight and a pack on your back, you head out away from society and into nature. Your schedule is clear. You don’t have any phone calls to make, you don’t have any meetings to attend, and as a matter of fact, you don’t want to see another human until you are packing your harvest out. It’s just you (and maybe your hunting partner) and the wilderness.
As you hike, it’s quiet, it’s calm and even though it may be physically challenging, it’s soothing. You can hear the woods come to life as the light breeze blows through the trees, the birds chirp and the squirrels rustle around. The stress you have been carrying for far too long evaporates. You are free of worry and free of distraction. And then, just like that, a bull torches off and you hear your first bugle of the day. Your heart rate jumps, your blood starts to pump and the chase is on. This is social distancing at its best.
So, call it what you want...outdoor therapy, hunting, social distancing its all part of what we call living the #NaturesPaintLife. Go ahead, embrace and make the most out of this order to social distance. Load up your pack, lace up your boots and camo up because Turkey season is on the horizon and the wilderness is calling your name.
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Have you been to the grocery store lately? It’s an interesting scene. Common commodities like meat, toilet paper, and medicine have been bought up. There is a sense of uncertainty that is spreading across the country. But, in this time of chaos, as hunters, I encourage you to pause, to stay calm. Now, I’m not saying or implying are you are immune to this fast-spreading virus, what I am saying is that as a hunter you have the means to survive, even when it feels like the daily essentials are going just as fast as they are coming.
Pull out your hunting pack and what will you find? Hopefully, it includes a headlamp, a GPS, a knife, a couple of dehydrated meals, a lighter, an emergency kit, some batteries a small tarp and of course your favorite calls, some Nature’s Paint and so on. Your pack should be basically a small survival pack.
Every year you head out into the wilderness in hopes of harvesting meat for yourself and your family. You face the elements and the unknown, just as we are today. And, no matter what happens you are prepared for what may come. Just as you are today. Yes, that’s right, because you are a hunter you are prepared, at least when it comes to your food source.
Where’s the meat? What’s in your freezer? What opportunities do you have on the horizon?
You know the answer to all of these questions. And, I don’t say this lightly because not everyone can answer these with certainty. Your meat, well it’s at your favorite hunting spot or maybe even your secret fishing hole. It’s out there being organic, running free, eating a diet it was designed to eat and living the kind of life it was designed to live. Your freezer, I hope that it’s full from last year’s big game season and the recent waterfowl season. If it’s not, fear not, opportunity is around the corner with Spring bear, turkey and more.
You have the answers, you have the skills, you have the equipment...you have access to the highest quality meat available, even when the store shelves are empty. Of course, that’s not the whole story in this case, but its a big part of it. You still need to care for yourself, care for your health and do what you can to stay well and healthy. But the meat, don’t worry about the meat because as hunters we have access to truly organic, free-range, lean protein, even when it can’t be found at the grocery store.
With today’s events, I can’t help but be proud of and grateful for this way of life. So, today, I encourage you to be proud of yourself. Be proud that you have embraced a lifestyle that allows you to provide for yourself. A lifestyle that requires you to practice the most basic survival techniques throughout the year. A lifestyle that brings you a sense of calm during chaos.
Live the #NaturesPaintLife
So go ahead, harvest your meat, know your food, and stay calm while we weather this storm, it’s what we call living the #NaturesPaintLife.
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