Why I Hunt
Why I hunt?
It’s like when your significant other asks Why do you love me? There are probably thousands, maybe millions of reasons why. But when asked, most of us have a hard time corralling the millions of thoughts in our brain, and they bottleneck at the mouth. A million reasons and you can’t name just one!
Love makes us crazy. And, sometimes, mute.
A couple years ago, Pheasants Forever’s Rick Young and I left one November evening headed west to hunt near Fort Benton, Montana. We were supposed to leave right after lunch, but Rick kept pushing back our ETD and we didn’t get on the road until 5:30PM.
Naturally, the intent was to make the 1,000 mile trip so we could get there and squeeze in a few hours of hunting the next day. But once we hit the road, we couldn’t stop. A couple Dairy Queen blizzards, five energy drinks, one fuel crisis, 1,000 miles and 16 hours later, we loaded our shotguns and headed out to hunt the Pheasants Forever Coffee Creek BLOCK Management (Montana’s public access program) Area well ahead of schedule for a full day of hunting.
Kin of crazy? Indeed, but you do crazy things when it’s something you love. Sliding my first Montana rooster into my vest was especially rewarding, an experience only intensified by dehydration and sleep deprivation-induced delirium.
Why I hunt? There are a million reasons…and I can’t seem to name just one.
Anthony’s Antics Afield is written by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor
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