I put in for my elk tag a couple of days ago, which means one thing: Hunting season is just around the corner.
It may still be a few months away, but I’m already getting excited. I love hunting season for a variety of reasons. For one thing, it gives me a chance to get out to the outdoors, which I rarely do these days since I moved to a bigger city. Hunting is a very natural, very exhilarating experience that I look forward to every year. This year I put in for bull elk, and hopefully will draw. I also will be buying a deer tag, and probably do some bird hunting at some point as well.
The reason I’m sharing all of this with you is because I highly encourage anyone and everyone to take up hunting. Here is why:
- Save Money: Hunting can actually save you a substantial amount of money on food if you are successful at it. An elk will yield close to two hundred pounds of the most organic, lean, and healthy meat you will ever find. This equates to over a thousand dollars of meat, which obviously is a huge deal if you are similar to me and like to eat a huge amount of meat every day. A deer will yield only around 50, but that is still a substantial quantity of food, especially when you consider the only recurring costs of hunting are a few bullets and a license/tag every year.
- It is a lifelong skill: I am so glad I learned how to deer hunt. It is an incredible lifelong skill to have, and allows you to provide for yourself in a time of need. Imagine an emergency situation in which food supplies are cut off from your area, and you quickly run out. While everyone else is killing each other for food, you would simply kill your food. Hunting is a fantastic skill that I think everyone should be able to do at least on a basic level.
- It helps you stay healthy: Hunting is a fantastic way to get exercise. You’ve never been truly worn out until you’ve gone on a 17 hour elk hunt that involved a dozen miles of walking and a total of 6000 feet of elevation change. Trust me, there is not better way to stay in tip top shape than climbing mountains with a heavy backpack, all while trying to stay as quiet as possible. And you can’t forget about the health benefits of eating incredibly lean and organic meat.
- It is fun: If I haven’t already made this clear, hunting is a lot of fun. There is little that is more satisfying than a successful hunt, or as frustrating as an unsuccessful one, and that motivation brings about an inner struggle that is very enjoyable if you love to challenge yourself.
If you want to get started in hunting, I highly recommend finding a mentor. I had one when I first got started, and it helped me immensely. Also, make sure and do your research. I built a resource specifically for deer hunting season that I think is a great place to start. Click on that link above to find out information on your state, as well as about deer hunting in general.