A hunter’s bucket list is something that every outdoorsman or woman should have. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
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Just about everyone has a bucket list; a bunch of things that they want to experience, see, achieve, or accomplish at some point in their lifetimes. This is a great way to stay motivated for the future and really live a full life.
If you love hunting and the outdoors, you should really consider creating a hunter’s bucket list to help outline your goals and all the things you wish to experience in the hunting world. Even if you don’t check everything off of your list, it’s still fun to dream big and chase after the things you want to accomplish.
Check out this slideshow for some great goals to add to your own hunter’s bucket list.
Introduce Someone to the Outdoors
This truly is one of the most rewarding things that you can ever do as a hunter. We all know somebody who was never given the opportunity to experience the outdoors and grew to love hunting. However, it is never too late to get started.
These people are unlikely to just start pursuing the sport on their own, but if you invite them along, you would probably be surprised at just how eager they are to try it. Even if they decide that hunting is just not for them, you will have given them memories to last a lifetime.
Take a Kid Hunting
Similarly to the first item on this hunter’s bucket list, taking a kid hunting is incredibly rewarding and is something that you will remember for the rest of your life. Even if you don’t have kids of your own to take, you might have a relative or friend who doesn’t hunt, but whose child would like to try it. There are also plenty of events where you can volunteer to take a kid hunting.
Don’t expect to have a serious hunt as kids are seldom patient enough to wait a long time for game to show up. However, the joy on a child’s face as they see things they never have before, like a sunrise in the woods or a deer in the wild, is something that will stick with you the rest of your life. You may also create a lifetime love of the sport in a youngster which is incredibly important to maintain the sport we all love.
Hunt in a Different Country
Experiencing a hunt outside the United States is an item that is commonly on many a hunter’s bucket list. The most likely place to dream about a hunt is Africa for its plethora of exotic game to pursue. However, you may dream of a red stag hunt in New Zealand or a muskox hunt north of the border.
Hunting in another country will allow you to experience a different hunting culture and see how foreign hunters pursue the game that they hunt. It will be a treasured memory for a lifetime.
Score a Grand Slam
There are a large variety of grand slams to be achieved in the hunting world. However, you don’t necessarily need to go after an “official” grand slam to check this item off of your hunter’s bucket list. There is no reason why you can’t just create your own. Think about the game that you like to hunt and challenge yourself to take one of each species in one year. Use a little creativity and you will have a unique and fun goal to work towards in no time at all.
Pass Down Your Favorite Hunting Rifle
Many of us have had rifles, and other hunting equipment, passed down to us through the years from older family members. These become extremely cherished possessions thanks to the memories they hold and the stories they could tell. Extend, or start, this tradition among your family or friends and make sure that a hunting legacy is passed down to future generations of hunters.
Start a Hunting Tradition
This could be an annual trip with some buddies or even just a local hunt with some friends that you take every year. It doesn’t need to be anything serious. This is more about the camaraderie that hunting provides among friends. Annual hunting traditions also help to make sure you and your group of hunting buddies see each other at least once a year. Life can get hectic and it can be difficult to plan hunts on short notice. Start a tradition and that will be a much smaller problem.
Experience a Hunting Camp
Annual hunting camps used to be very commonplace across the country, but they are starting to become less common for a variety of reasons. For those who still experience them, they offer some of the best hunting memories and experiences to be found. It becomes less about the hunting and more about hanging out at a camp in the woods while telling tall tales and spending time with friends and family.
Hunt Like Your Grandpa Did
Get back to basics and hit the woods with nothing more than your grandpa, or any old-timer, would have taken into the woods. Leave all the latest tech in the truck, throw on an old flannel jacket, grab your gun, and find an old log to sit on while you wait for a deer to show itself.
Doing this will allow you to get more in tune with yourself as a hunter. All the latest tech is great, but it can sometimes get in the way of what hunting is really about.
Become a Landowner
This is definitely a lofty goal as land, especially prime hunting land, is very expensive these days. However, harvesting game from land that you own and maintain can be one of the most rewarding things you can do as a hunter.
Owning your own land allows you to practice conservation your way, and makes sure that you always have a place to hunt where you don’t need to compete with other hunters or seek permission.
Cook and Eat Wild Game While in the Field
Harvesting game, preparing it, and eating it all while in the field is something that ever hunter should experience at least once. It helps you feel in tune with nature and get in touch with how our ancestors hunted and survived. If you have never done this before, I almost guarantee that it will be some of the best tasting game that you have ever eaten. The sense of accomplishment that it provides will be something you always remember.
Hopefully this slideshow got you to think about starting your own hunter’s bucket list or motivated you to start pursuing the list that you already have.
What is on your hunter’s bucket list? Share your goals and ambitions in the comments section below.