Sometimes things just don't go according to plan. Especially when we set our hunting expectations a little too high...
We all have different reasons why we hunt. Family tradition, necessity, profession (I wish), or just to put extra meat in the freezer. I think we can all agree that the enjoyment becomes an obsession, and year after year we will be out there at it again.
When we do something often enough, like hunting, things are bound to happen; things that are unexpected, or perhaps just not what we had in mind.
Here is a list hunting expectations that we thought would happen versus the reality that followed.
Training your hunting dog.
"I'm going to train my dog to be the best in the woods."
On the trail.
"My four-wheel drive is not only going to climb mountains, but it's going to look good doing it..."
"This year, I'm going to get that big buck I've always been after and I'll finally have a great new photo for the hunting album!"
Preparing for the hunt.
"I might as well look fierce while I'm hunting; let me see how well I can apply this face paint..."
Elk hunting in the mountains.
"I've been training for months; I'm in the best shape of my life; this is going to be awesome!"
The perfect majestic morning.
"I've been waiting all week to hunt again, the weather will be perfect and I am stoked! It's going to be a beautiful morning."
"This might be my first time to go bird hunting, but I'm pretty sure... I got this."
If you've been out there in the woods hunting for long enough, you can probably relate to a few of these scenarios.
You have to be able to just laugh and roll with the punches, because something like getting stuck in the mud isn't going to stop us from doing it all over again next year.
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