Today’s blog post comes to us from Max Rowe – host of Just Kill’n Time. You can watch Just Kill’n Time on Sportsman Channel during Thursday’s at 3 AM ET, Thursday’s at 6:30 PM ET and on Friday’s at 8 AM ET.
In these modern times of high tech gadgetry, WiFi and almost endless cellular service, spending “alone time” in the woods is never really alone anymore. While these modern conveniences are extraordinary and help keep us in touch with both people and things that are import and/or of interest to us, I sometimes reminisce about being afield in the days of old.
Back in the mid 80’s when I was still a very young student of both life and the woods, I spent the majority of my days outdoors in the mountainous public lands of western Virginia. Those days of deer season started at 5 am with me sitting around the breakfast table at camp exchanging banter with family and friends. Daylight would find me two miles from nowhere high on the side of the Mountain propped against an oak tree at one of my favorite ambush sites. There I would spend the day waiting and soaking in the sights and sounds of the hardwood ridges. Often I would see deer, sometimes I would not, and sometimes I would bring one with me off the mountain to camp.
Regardless of the outcome of my day, I knew the guys would be arriving back and camp to swap stories over a hot bowl of Dad’s vegetable soup, engage in some good natured ribbing of each other and hopefully helping in skinning a deer or two. We had no phones, no way to talk to the outside world; there was only the fellowship of kindred souls each seeking to escape the daily grind of life and rejoice in the essence of the hunter. We were self reliant men of all ages from all walks of life basking, no reveling, in the knowledge of things wild and the solace that the mountain instills in ones being. That solace that hones senses and skills and in doing so creates peace in ones soul. We had found the essence of the hunter.
So whether you are young , older, new to the outdoor lifestyle, or and old hand in the woods. As you go about the sport we call hunting this season in whatever manner you do it. Do yourself and all around you a simple favor. Remember to embrace those things, which will bring back to you, your essence of the Hunter! Happy hunting and rejoice in all things wild!