Monday, February 8, 2016

Dad for a Day: Don't Measure Success by Kills and Catches


    So, I started this Dad for a Day stuff to help out anyone interested in getting into outdoor activities.  I am a dad and have learned lots of tips and techniques over the years, but lots of what I am sharing came from my dad, and the dads of my friends.  It takes a community to raise a kid right?!?  I got a little ahead of myself on my first post "Dad for a Day: Preparation Starts Now". 
   I talked about now being the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming fall hunting seasons.  Now is the time to find places to hunt,  practicing with the weapon you are going to use, and preparing your equipment.  Those who hunt call this time the off season. It is the time to do all of the work.  Think of hunting like a garden you plant. Late spring and summer you do all the prep work so you can reap the rewards in the fall harvest.  The more you work in the summer months(especially your first few years), the more successful you will be.  That leads me to the point of this post.
   What I mean by, the more work you do, the more successful you will be, is that you will have more opportunities to take game or catch fish.  Not only that, you will be more prepared to make a clean kill the opportunity arises. You won't always take game or catch fish though.  There will be days when you won't see much more than the sun rise or fall.  Or, there will be days when despite your best effort you won't even get a bite fishing. Does this mean you were unsuccessful? Absolutely not. To most people, getting to enjoy the outdoors with a friend or family member is the success.  It is easier to understand this concept as an adult.  When I was a kid, if I didn't get to shoot at something or catch a bunch of fish, I would be disappointed. My dad would always give me this advise.  If you killed something everytime you went hunting you would get bored with it and quit going, enjoy it for what it is son.  Measure your success by the experience and not by the kills or catches.  If you get to eat fresh fish or wild turkey after putting in that prep work, well that makes your experience that much sweeter! This is the FIRST lesson for Dad for a Day. D

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