This is how you know you've found a good hunting buddy.
Hunting is in our blood. We live, eat, dream and occasionally obsess over this stuff, but finding someone who shares the same values for our past time isn't always easy.
That's why some of us choose to hunt alone, while others prefer to share their time outdoors with a good hunting buddy. I recommend the latter.
After all, many of us were raised in the presence of a good hunting companion, be it a family member or a close friend. Someone laid the foundation and fostered our love for this hobby. It's the memories we shared with them that keeps us engaged every season.
I've outlined the following checklist below. I call them the 6 P's of a good hunting buddy. These traits will help you identify that person.
A strong and barely controllable emotion. This person must share the same passion for hunting as you do. The live, eat and breath mentality. It's in their blood.
The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. The person must be able to endure long uneventful hunts without getting discouraged.
Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. A good hunting buddy understands that the outcome of every hunt will not always be a successful one. They realize success comes to those who continue to show up.
Happening or doing something at the agreed or proper time; on time. We're all guilty of hitting the snooze button occasionally! However, finding someone who you can depend on when it matters is important.
Make (something) ready for use or consideration. A good hunting buddy is always prepared. They show up ready to take on the challenge of harvesting a deer.
Good judgment in action, conduct, and the handling of everyday matters. They abide by the rules and have a realistic approach to everything outdoors.
We've all had our fair share of bad experiences with someone who didn't quite fit the bill of a good hunting buddy, But I encourage you not to give up on your search for one.
Once you find someone who embodies these traits, your search is over. You'll have plenty of good hunting memories to share with them for years to come.