Joe Keckeisen is the owner of New Order Productions focusing on the outdoor industry. He has filmed with many outdoor television shows including The Buck Commanders, Sporting Dog Adventures, and Sheep Shape TV airing on the Sportsman Channel in July of 2015. You can check with him on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
Are you happy with your hunting camp, hunting partner, or the “crew” you do most of your hunting with? Or are you frustrated to the point you ask yourself is it really worth the time and effort you put into all that is needed to have an enjoyable hunting season? Do you continue to butt heads with those you hunt with? A few years back, a cousin of mine and I found we were completely frustrated trying to find a “good” hunting partner/group. So we sat down one night and just started sketching an outline of what we value and what we thought is most important to us. It wasn’t too long into the process of writing all this down that he and I had many of the same values. It is easy to have the best intentions of writing these values down, but to walk the walk can be very challenging.
If you are like me, come September I spend as many days in the woods as possible through December and sometimes longer. And if you hunt with the same person or group for the most part, it’s safe to say anyone can get on your nerves! Day in and day out doing the same thing over and over with little results to show for it can test anyone as a hunting partner. But if you are complete frustrated and find yourself where you have more bad days in the woods than good days, you may want to take a step back and find out why you are having so many bad days.
When we did exactly that, we really looked at what we enjoy about hunting. We are probably considered to be more of a serious type of hunter and try to remain laser focused on what we are doing and how we are going to execute. For some, that’s not their cup of tea and would rather just simply relax and enjoy the time spent in the woods and if they happen to harvest something it’s a bonus. Certainly we do not expect to harvest something every time when we head to the treestand and are extremely thankful if we do, but simply stated there are different strokes for different folks. You can imagine the conflict between the guy that wakes up early, showers, sprays down with scent away, sneaks into his or her stand keeping the wind favorable only to have someone else from camp wake up at the crack of 8 A.M and slips on some clothes and walks right past the other guys stand while he “stalks” some deer.
We really didn’t know where this document would go when we created it. Maybe used as an agreement for those looking to get involved in a lease, maybe used as a creed for a new outdoor show, or simply something he and I abide to when we head out to the blind. A few years later, we found that when approaching land owners for hunting privileges, this document shows how dedicated we are and how thankful to land owners we are. We detail how we will conduct ourselves when using other people’s land and offer help when needed. With this understanding, we have gained access to quite a few properties. It also gives potential hunters that are interested in a lease, a big trip out-of-state or even out of the country hunt an idea what is important to you and hopefully will avoid any uncomfortable situations. My ol’man told me something long ago about hunting partners….”You can find good hunting partners anywhere, but when times get tough, and the chips are down, it’s the great hunting partners that will be supportive and make a bad situation turn good”. From my experience, there’s a lot of truth in that.
So, what’s important to you in your hunting partner or group?