“Getting outside.” When I think of that phrase a few things come to mind.
- Getting outside in nature
- Getting out of my own head
- Getting out of my comfort zone
This phrase may have many other meanings for you, but many of us probably have a common thought when it comes to hunting or a common question–
Getting outside in nature is just the start. Not only is it good for the soul, but it also helps you stay in shape. Staying active even if it’s outside of the season will only help you in the long run for your next potential trip or hunt. As a mother of two, I don’t really have an option. They are always on the move and have an unlimited amount of energy. I like to keep them involved and take the with me during the off-season too. Usually, in the spring we will shed and morel hunt or go hiking. I will also bring my daughter along with me for short runs.
One main thing I remind myself of is, that you must start somewhere and you’re only going to learn by starting and consistently trying new things. I must GET OUT of my own head and be ok with not knowing everything there is to know about hunting different animals like coyotes, geese, or pheasant.
“Take into consideration anything someone is willing to teach you and make it your own”.
You may learn a few different techniques for cleaning game for instance. Stick to what you’re comfortable with and always be willing to teach others. You might learn something in the process.
Getting out of your comfort zone
Getting out of your comfort zone goes hand in hand with getting out of your head. If you’ve never been hunting or are interested in trying something new don’t be afraid to ask for help. Even if you aren’t very close to that person. If someone you know is going on a hunt and you have the opportunity to try it, just GO! What’s the worst that’s going to happen?
You may think, “that wasn’t for me” …OR you may think “Wow, I’ve been missing out!” My advice is to ask if they have room for one more. For example, on my first coyote hunt, I asked and was invited along to watch. That’s all you really need to do at first, just sit back and learn. Most of the time people love to help others learn and to get more individuals involved in the hunting community. If they decline, that’s fine too. At least you put it out there that you are interested and they may think of you next time.
Another opportunity to get outside your comfort zone and to get to know someone better or gain a good rapport with them is through asking permission to shed hunt on new land.
I’m hoping you’ll get some inspiration to find your next adventure in some way. Remember… GET OUTSIDE in nature, GET OUT of your own head and GET OUT of your damn comfort zone!
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