Ask a hunter why he or she hunts and you will get a variety of answers—I love being outside, the thrill of the chase, the challenge both mentally and physically, connecting with nature and so on. However, one reason you will hear time and time again is for food...I want to feed myself and my family with high-quality meat.
Take a walk through the grocery store and what do you see when it comes to meat? A variety of cuts and options, bright red, sitting on styrofoam and wrapped in plastic. What was once mass-produced in a factory farm, in tight living quarters, pumped with a variety of medications and vaccines is now sitting on a shelf ready to be consumed. Sure, there are other options like visiting your local butcher or opting for organic, hormone-free, grass-fed options. But, at the end of the day, we still don’t know how “free-range” those animals really were, that is unless we were the rancher taking care of them. The only way to be sure is to know your food and where it comes from.
It’s no wonder high-quality meat is at the top of every hunter’s list.
So what do we get when we hunt? While the best meat on this planet makes the top of the list time and time again, hunting provides so much more than that. It provides a deep connection with nature and with the animals we hunt. And, with that, it tends to make us so much more appreciative of our food and the meals we share. It helps to provide an understanding that we are not entitled to any meal and that nothing is guaranteed. Tag soup is surely the best example of this.
But best of all, it’s an experience that cannot be duplicated. From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs all in one day it teaches us to practice patience, to be mentally and physically tough and to always be a student.
I suppose that leads us to the big question, when it comes to hunting, what is on your plate?
It’s one of those activities that no matter the outcome leaves you with a full plate. Hours in the backwoods help to improve your strength and agility, the mental and physical demands help you to be resilient, the stalk and blown opportunities teach you to be patient, and the harvest teaches you to be grateful.
At the end of the day, at the end of the season, no matter the outcome, hunting provides a rich experience and a plate filled with life lessons.
So get out there, explore the woods, ditch the path, enjoy the highs, endure the lows, and know that no matter how your hunt ends that you will leave with a full plate.
Live the #NaturesPaintLife
Embracing nature, the hunt and all that it provides, it’s what we call living the #NaturesPaintLife.
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