Once Thanksgiving hits, it seems like we have 2 days to buy gifts between work, school, holiday events (if you’re not planning to attend an ugly Christmas sweater party, get to work because they’re so fun), and preparing to host a meal for more people than the previous year. Oh, and let’s not forget the detailed house cleaning that’ll occur to cover up how you actually live day to day - 4 loads of laundry, sink full of dishes, dog hair all over, and what’s mopping anyway? Hopefully it’s not that extreme but the point is that life gets busy and it’s about to get busier between the two biggest holidays of the year. Are you shopping for a hunter, outdoorsman or woman, or even want to get yourself something special this Christmas? Let me help! Head to your nearest Academy Sports + Outdoors to check off your gift list. After all, they make it easier for everyone to enjoy more sports and outdoors at low prices. Here are a few of my personal picks, which you’ll notice revolve around comfort, convenience, and warmth - all the things we love during the holidays!
The decision to have an organized cargo trailer specifically for all of our hunting gear was easily one of the best we’ve ever made. I didn’t go out of my way to clean it up, mainly because there’s a high demand for a walk through and I like to have a quick turnaround for special requests, but also because this is real life. We hunt a lot and it’s a mess more than it’s clean.
I sat there 20’ high, shaking uncontrollably after releasing my arrow, and thought to myself, “what if I did it again?”
Five years ago that question would be in a celebratory manner, as in, what if I’m still on my hot streak and just had another successful hunt. My first few seasons as a bowhunter were incredible; literally nothing could pass me! Not this year though. 2018 has been rough. The hesitation and shakiness from within was stemming from uncertainty after so much heartbreak during early season, from missing to wounding multiple animals.
I recently returned home from one of the most incredible hunts of my life. While I didn’t punch a tag, I was able to celebrate my two favorite men punching theirs. My husband arrowed a mature mule deer with 3 Rivers Adventures and my pops arrowed a once in a lifetime bull moose. My husband rarely gets to hunt because he’s usually behind the camera filming me, or he can’t get off work to travel on these incredible adventures with me. My pops, on the other hand, has been elk hunting with me the last 3 years in a row and came home empty-handed each time. Instead of chasing elk again this season, he flew to Alberta with us to pursue his absolute favorite game. It was a dream come true to put one on the ground on the last day of his hunt. His raw emotion had me choked up.
Over the years I’ve hunted with some absolute savages that have given me great advice! There are some people that can just go out and get it done - they’re naturals. I’ve been very fortunate to learn from them, as well as a few that I haven’t met (yet!). Below is a list of tips that I have accumulated over the years from those I look up to. There are many things that will come across as common sense, yet people continue to ignore whether it’s from overthinking the situation or being impatient. Sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder, a quick refresher course, if you will.