Deer and other game hunters view everyday situations a bit differently than most.
Hunting becomes such a defining pursuit for many of us that it can’t help but change who we are and how we behave in our everyday lives. Of course, every hunter is different, but the following eight approaches to life and its challenges can double as signs that you have truly internalized the hunting lifestyle.
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They look for an overarching goal that they can latch onto.
If there’s one question a hunter is likely to ask about an every challenge or situation, it’s probably “what’s the point?” Hunters are extremely goal-oriented people. In the woods, everything a hunter does is done in service of landing a killer buck. For many hunters, even that goal is part of a bigger effort to feed a family or become a superior sportsman. Because hunting is a hobby built around a strong central goal, hunters are likely to look for similar goals in everyday life, and are most likely to latch onto projects and professions driven by a very clear endgame.
They prefer exciting, entrepreneurial ventures to boring, menial tasks.
Since hunters are driven by goals, they aren’t likely to do something just because someone tells them to. Boring, menial tasks or busywork are the hunter’s bane. We’re the kind of people who were driven crazy in high school and college by the classes we had to take for no other reason than to get a credit. We’re the kind of people who can’t stand to sit in an office cubicle all day, taking part in meaningless data entry tasks and never getting to sink our teeth into a more substantial project.
Instead, hunters are more likely to embrace risky, entrepreneurial projects. Just like in the woods, a hunter knows he or she may face failure in undertaking these projects, but does so anyway for the thrill of the chase and the glowing possibility of triumph.
They focus heavily on one goal rather than juggling many.
In fact, hunters often become so invested with achieving the goal of one project that they forget other obligations. Just as it’s easy to lose all track of time while out in the woods on a hunt, it is common for hunters to throw themselves entirely into one project until its endgame has been realized. Because of this goal-driven attitude, hunters are often more adept at taking on one big project at a time than at juggling a number of smaller tasks.
They try multiple different approaches to solve a problem.
A hunter – an experienced one, at least – is not apt to give up quickly. Hunting is a sport that requires the utmost patience of its participant, a hobby that can face you to sit still in a tree stand or blind for hours before throwing you so much as a deer sighting. This patience is reflected in how the hunter reacts to everyday situations. Instead of throwing up his or her hands and giving up on a difficult challenge, a hunter will embrace the challenge and stay the course, trying out different solutions as necessary to achieve the desired goal.
They consider every aspect of the problem at hand.
There are a lot of factors at work on a hunt that can help or hinder a hunter’s chances of success. A successful hunter must consider the weather, the direction of wind, and the time of year. They must think about deer travel routes, bedding and eating habits, and times of day most likely to see activity. They must weigh the benefits of using baiting methods (scents, calls, antlers, etc.) versus the benefits of simply waiting for a deer to come along. They must deal with the fall-out from irresponsible hunters who have spooked the dear on their chosen property.
Hunting is a multi-faceted activity, one where a hunter must synthesize a plethora of information to find success. This same synthesis and close consideration can be seen in how most hunters tackle every day challenges, taking their time to formulate a solution that checks all the boxes instead of acting rashly to address the most glaring aspect.
They schedule their week around different obligations than the rest of us.
This one might go without saying, but if you’re a hunter, you view the world different based almost solely on how you schedule your week. Most people have obligations that fit into a few basic categories, namely work (or school), family, and friends. Even in the offseason, most dedicated hunters will seek to find time during the week for hunting-related obligations, whether that means scouting a property, practicing their shooting, planting a food plot, position trail cameras, or simply reading books about hunting. As such, a hunter will often look at a free afternoon not as an opportunity to sit back and watch the football game, but as a chance to get out and lay some groundwork for a great season.
They learn visually or from using their hands.
While many hunters are prolific readers – whether of outdoor magazines, sporting blogs, or hunting-related books – most of us are people who learn best through visual or kinesthetic means. This figures, since we spend so much time outside, scanning the woods with our eyes to sight bucks or track their trails. If you are a hunter, chances are pretty solid that you preferred visual demonstrations and hands-on learning activities to written examinations when you were in school.
They plan ahead.
There’s a theory out there, called the “hunter vs. farmer hypothesis,” which contends that ADHD and other attention or learning disabilities are “hunter traits” and are unusually common among people who pursue outdoor sports. While this might be true in that hunters don’t always focus well on busywork tasks, the hypothesis is false in its contention that hunters should also be poorly organized and inferior planners. On the contrary, many hunters learn the benefits of planning ahead in ways that few other people do, working all-year round to improve their shooting skills, scout their property or put up cameras, and lay other pieces of groundwork for a successful season.