Some things about hunting can really chap your ass. Here are our top ten.
Sure, we all love hunting season. But then again, some parts of it really stick in my craw.
Here's what I mean:
10. The Holidays
You are required to show up for some holiday functions or at least the big ones. Too many of them fall during the hunting season.
9. Season length
Hunting season is nowhere near long enough. We all have a big game plan about hunting different areas during different parts of the season, but we most often run out of season.
Employers are extremely hung up on attendance. Even during hunting season, they fully expect outdoorsmen and women to wake up and go to work while they could actively pursue game. What happened to this country?
You follow a strict scent control regiment for your hunting clothes and your body. But there are those in this world who still expect us to haul dirty, stinky garbage out to the curb. I hate chores. What would the deer think if they got a whiff of us? We, as hunters, work very hard to be odorless to get closer to game and yet, we still have to take the garbage out.
Hunting has been around longer than football has. A lot of hunters enjoy football. The hunting season overlapping with football season is a scheduling conflict that the media, the NCAA, NFL, and high schools could quickly fix. Just wait until deer season ends.
5. Technical Difficulties
The lack of Wi-Fi in my deer stand is not acceptable. The cell reception at my favorite hunting spot is terrible. I can somehow never make calls or send texts, but when my wife texts me to remind me of family gatherings or to pay a bill, it always makes it through.
Those that choose not to hunt feel the need to question my motivation for hunting. I don't mean vegetarians or animal-rights activists, I have respect for those folks; they following their beliefs. Usually, it is just lazy relatives who don't do anything, other than watch reality television. I could already be mad because I only see these people at mandatory gatherings.
There just isn't enough of it. We have already determined that hunting season is too short. The days are shorter, further limiting the time spent hunting.
No disrespect to the holiday or whom the celebration surrounds, but the timing is a bit off for hunters. What does any outdoorsman or woman have on their wish list? Hunting gear, although greatly appreciated, doesn't get much use when the majority of the season has already passed. I want those layering pieces, that new rifle and a new bow holder in October, please.
1. Other hunters
Yes, I included hunters. I am not condemning all hunters, just the lucky ones. I'm talking about the guy who goes hunting once or twice a year in the little woodlot behind the 7-11 and knocks down bruiser bucks both times. He typically wins the raffle at all the outdoor banquets as well. And he stole your girlfriend in high school, who is now a doctor. He plays a lot of fantasy football. I hate Steve.
As bad as I have portrayed the downfalls, hunting is basically awesome and superior to any other pursuit known to man. We will gladly take the good and the few things that we wish we could change.