Deer Hunting Builds Character
Guest blogger Andrea Haas lives in the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri and is the founder of Huntress View, a popular website designed to encourage women to get involved in hunting, shooting, and the outdoors.
Have you ever stopped to think about how hunting has affected your everyday life? Hunters spend countless hours scouting and preparing for hunting season, and probably even more time actually hunting and trying to harvest an animal to provide meat for their families. But the rewards you reap involve more than just coming home with meat for the freezer. Many people seem to forget about, or maybe not even think about, the character building that is involved in hunting, and how beneficial it can be to both your personal life, and your career. In my experience, much of what I have learned from hunting has carried over into my everyday life.
Hunting has made me a more patient person. In deer season, I may sit in my treestand or ground blind for hours at a time waiting for the perfect shot opportunity. For the most part, those opportunities are few and far between, so patience is definitely a virtue. I have learned that by putting in the long hours and hard work, you eventually end up coming out ahead. This same mindset at the workplace has gotten me raises and allowed me to work my way up from the bottom to a very good position.
When it comes to reaching my goals, I have always been a very determined person, but hunting has made me even more determined. There have been a few times while out hunting that I just wanted to pack up and head home. The one time that I actually did, I ended up spooking a very nice buck that was going to walk right underneath my treestand. I learned my lesson.
When I fail, I turn that into fuel that drives me to keep pursuing my goals. From hunting, I have seen how much you can be rewarded if you just stick with it and don’t give up. This is true in all aspects of my life, especially at my job.
It reminds me of this bible verse…
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9
Hunting has taught me that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined. There is no better feeling than knowing that I don’t have to rely on anyone else to harvest an animal. When I want to go hunting, I hook the trailer up to our truck, load up the four-wheeler, and head to our hunting property without anyone’s help, or having to plan around someone else’s schedule. Being able to do that has made me realize the importance of self-reliance. There’s not always be someone there to help me, so knowing I can do things on my own is a good feeling.
Being married to someone who is into hunting as much as I am, I feel this has definitely helped our marriage. My husband probably doesn’t want me tagging along with him on every one of his hunts, and I’m sure he doesn’t want to feel like he is doing all the work for me on mine. We love hunting together, but when we do we are more like “equal” hunting partners.
Hunting has taught me that if I want to be successful, I have to be fully committed to achieving my goals. Hunting, especially bowhunting, requires a lot of dedication and effort. What kind of results do you think you will get if you buy a bow and some arrows and then just go hunting the next day? You may end up getting lucky, but think about the long-term. Good luck runs out eventually and then you will be left with disappointment, and will be back at square one. My point is, you can’t just do something halfway and expect to get great results each time. Hunting requires commitment and effort, as do relationships and careers. Through hunting I have realized how being committed to your goals from the very start pays off in the long run.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” -Colossians 3:23
Hunting has taught me to be more appreciative. I used to take a lot of things for granted, like having land to hunt on and manage as my husband and I see fit. After having countless trespassers, thieves, and a few poachers on our hunting property throughout the years, I realized how much having that land really means to me. Not everyone has what we have and I realize how lucky and blessed I am to have it. That appreciation has really made me stop and think about the goodness in other areas of my life as well. I realize how lucky I am to have a good job, a roof over my head, a great husband and family, and the list goes on.
Hunting has taught me patience, determination, confidence, commitment, and appreciation, just to name a few. The more I go hunting, the more these qualities are instilled in me. I encourage you to stop and think of the many positive ways hunting has impacted your everyday life. You may be surprised at how much it has improved your life in areas that you never even realized.