We all know Yoda is wise, but did you know that his teachings and others from Star Wars could apply to hunting and fishing as well?
As kids, we all closed our eyes and tried to use the force. Although we were never able to make the TV remote fly across the room, there are several other lessons that, as hunters and fishermen, we can take from the Star Wars movies.
Clear your mind of thoughts you must, before you read these Star Wars hunting and fishing lessons.
1. The dark side may be tempting...
Don't try and tell me that you have not thought about following that trophy buck onto private property you do not have permission to be on.
Don't deny you were tempted to keep that big bass even though you were at your limit.
The dark side is tempting, but...
2. "Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny." - Yoda
After you decide to keep that fish or take that first trespassing step, it becomes easier and easier. It is a slippery slope that's hard to recover from. Do not give in to the dark side.
3. "Your eyes can deceive you, do not trust them." - Obi-Wan Kenobi
Animal camouflage is truly amazing. You must learn to look for movement or parts of animals such as a flicker of an ear or tail, not an entire animal.
Likewise, you never know what lies beneath the surface. I have seen monster fish come from the smallest streams.
Don't trust your eyes.
4. Reach for the stars
Luke wanted off Tatooine, and look where that got him. You should reach for the stars as well.
Try for that big buck with the giant rack, the big Tom with large spurs and a big beard, or that monster pike hiding in the reeds. Dream big.
5. Don't underestimate your opponent
The Empire underestimated the rebels and the Death Star was destroyed. Luke underestimated the power of the dark side and it cost him his hand.
Don't underestimate what you are hunting or fishing for. If you do, you may come up empty this season.
6. "Size matters not." - Yoda
Don't listen to the nay sayers. Take whatever is legal where you are, and whatever presents itself. Meat in the freezer is still meat in the freezer. As long as it meets legal requirements, you should be proud of what you achieve, big or small.
7. "Never tell me the odds." - Han Solo
The odds of you getting that trophy bird, buck, or fish may be 3,720 to 1, but if you don't try, your odds are even worse. Going against the odds has to pay off for someone, why not you?
8. "You will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view." - Obi-Wan Kenobi
Are bow hunters better than gun hunters? Should you pass on a small buck or fill your freezer? Is a spinnerbait or crankbait better for bass in the fall?
Ask several people and you will get several different answers to not just these but many more questions. Point of view is a powerful thing.
9. "Truly wonderful the mind of a child is." - Yoda
There is nothing as amazing as watching a child get their first harvest whether it is a squirrel, rabbit, goose, or deer. Need proof? Watch this video:
Or this one:
10. "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." - Yoda
There are videos online of hunters kicking hogs to scare them away from their deer bait. Some fisherman leave unwanted invasive fish on the shore to die. Whether it started as fear or not, in these instances, hate lead to suffering. Nothing deserves to suffer. We should all treat the natural world with respect.
Whether you are a fan or not, I hope you took away some wisdom from these Star Wars hunting and fishing lessons.
Perhaps the most important concept is to not be tempted by the dark side and don't act out in hate. What did you get out of the movies?