You probably think that hunting with your significant other is a terrible idea, and you might be right.
Last week we shared five reasons why we think it’s a good idea to spend time outdoors with your significant other, and many of you chimed in that we were right.
But were we? Here are five reasons why you should not hunt with your special someone.
5. You have to spend money on someone else
Many hunters are operating on a limited budget, and enjoying time outdoors isn’t exactly a budget-friendly venture. With rising gas and land-access costs, there’s less money than ever to spend on gear.
Why, then, would you want to spend your hard-earned cash on someone else? You can be sure that your loved one won’t spend their money on gear; if you want to take them, then you will be the one who ponies up the dough.
With less dough than ever, do you really want to share?
4. You will probably have a less-than-captivated audience
Those of us who have introduced a youngster to the outdoors know well the joy that comes from seeing “that look” in their eyes. It’s the look that comes from the sheer exhilaration of catching their first fish, tagging their first squirrel or harvesting (or even just seeing) their first whitetail.
When you hunt with your non-hunting significant other, however, the experience will probably be quite different. People who are introduced to the outdoors as adults have a harder time, it seems, with seeing past the things that all hunters just accept. It will, inevitably, be “too cold,” or “too hot,” or “too rainy,” or “too snowy.” And it’s almost a certainty that there will be too many bugs (yes, even in winter).
Is it really worth it?
3. The chances that they will actually understand you are quite low
As hunters, we all cherish the opportunity to pass on our love for the outdoors to other people. At the very least, we hope those closest to us will at least understand why we’re so passionate about this great sport.
Rarely, however, do the people we love actually grasp why we love it so much. They see the time spent, gear bought, and trips taken as pointless at best. They don’t understand why you keep going back out without knowing if you will even see a deer. They can’t understand why you would choose to sit over a cut corn field when it’s too cold to even think. The idea of being covered in ticks every spring is a part of the experience sounds alien to them.
The buck you’re after is taunting you, and you don’t have time for all that negativity.
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2. You’re sacrificing your alone time
One of the great things about hunting is the quiet and solitude it offers. While spending time in deer camp with your buddies is great, there’s nothing quite like the solace offered by watching the sun come up over the horizon on a cool, frosty morning. Being alone – with nature and your thoughts as your only companions – can bring peace to our otherwise hurried and stressful lives.
It seems ludicrous, then, to add the stress of bringing along someone who will, without a doubt, reach a state of complete boredom in 10.3 seconds flat. More than that, they’ll spend the next several hours explaining, in intimate detail, just how bored they are.
We all love our significant others dearly, but sometimes the best thing we can do for our relationships is to get away from them for a while.
5. You’ll miss
In our article about why you should hunt with your significant other, we said that if you hunt with your honey you will always have someone to blame for your misses. Your friends will understand if you get distracted by the sweet thing sitting next to you, or if they unintentionally spook your target, or if you leave early due to their constant requests to pee.
Would you rather have someone to blame for missing, or would you rather lower your chances of missing? Those we love do move too much, talk too loud, and urinate constantly, and it doesn’t change how much we love them. The question is, is it worth it?
You’ve spent all year practicing your shooting and sighting in your bow; you’ve studied the maps and done the preseason scouting; you’ve read the reviews and made the right gear selections. But regardless of all the work you put in, you can’t control when the one you love forgets to turn off their ringer. Do you really want them to bear the guilt of causing you to miss the chance of a lifetime?
It seems that the loving thing to do is to let them sleep in.