By the title of this piece you may assume I’ll be heckling road hunters or maybe perhaps the weekend warriors that like to party and hunt. Or maybe the guys that aren’t in that great of shape because all they do is sit in a treestand. Well you’re wrong on all those counts. But what about the “lazy” hunter? Are they successful consistently? Do they spend countless hours in the gym to keep a chiseled body for hunting season? As we have seen the fitness and hunter era evolve into parallel realms, there seems to be no end in sight. On the other end of the spectrum are big burly guys that look like slugs but can pound a mountain like an overgrown grizzly who are consistent, successful mountain bowhunters. To top it off, they have hard earned trophy rooms that will make even the most seasoned hunter’s jaw drop. Explain that one. I won’t mention any names but if you pay attention to the industry you may have an idea of who I’m referring to. I know a handful of guys that may fit that description. Freaks of nature? Maybe, but I do believe it comes down to one thing. Heart.
No matter what category you throw someone into, they may be a consistently successful hunter even though they do enjoy chips and donuts on a daily basis. As Donnie Vincent says, “the drive that is found in us hunters, was found in our ancestors.” Some pursue hunting more seriously than others and in different ways than others. It’s just a matter of how you go about it. Do you have to be fit to be a backcountry hunter? Well, not really. Horses have changed the game on that. Heck, with most outfitters, you don’t even have to be able to walk, you’ll just make your guide a little bit more eager to hunt with you! Some may consider a horseback hunter a lazy hunter. I do not. I think they’re just smart. It boils down to each individual and what they want to get out of their experience. If you don’t feel like dealing with horses or walking long distances to find good hunting, you better find a honey hole close to the truck. It takes smarts and luck to accomplish that. And let me tell you, finding a honey-hole is no easy task, just like hiking in seven miles and killing a buck is no easy task. The important thing is to use your brain and apply your skills to the type of hunting you prefer.
In the end, we’re all in this together. We’re all conservationists, with a huge responsibility to represent hunting the best way possible to the rest of society. Be clean, respectable and humane so we get to keep the privilege we get to call a lifestyle. Be an ambassador for our sport and also take pride in the way you go about it.