Did you see that video? Jimmy Herman running thru the brush wearing a Training Mask with his bow!!
Is this guy crazy!?
Well… My question to you is what is bowhunting is to you?
Training day in and day out. Shooting day in and day out. Reading articles. Learning.. Practicing calls and techniques. Eating the leanest, most organic red meat on the planet. Choosing to be active and healthy. Seeking adventure. That's what bowhunting is to me. I obsess about it. It's a lifestyle that I can't imagine not living. If I think a Training Mask is going to make me a more efficient hunter come September when I'm in the mountains of chasing elk, I'm going to train with it. If I think getting my heart rate up and shooting my bow when I'm out of breath is going to prepare me for making a shot at a herd bull I just raced up the mountain to cut off, then I'm going to incorporate shooting my bow with my workout.
Successes in life are rarely "chip shots" Anything worth anything is rarely easily handed to someone. I don't believe I have ever had a "chip shot" at a big moment in my life. I owe any of my successes in life to God and having a spirit to want to work hard for something. My shots are made by working to take my abilities from average to above average with unexpected and spontaneous variables that sometimes get in the way. It's much easier to perfect something when you're comfortable. It's also easier to practice something you like when you're comfortable doing it. In most real life hunting situations, the moment of truth comes at some of the most inopportune times and force you to take a shot in a less than comfortable situation. The way to success is being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Practice your shots at odd distances, in awkward positions, and with an elevated heart rate if possible. That is real life bowhunting right there. Nobody (including myself) likes to practice being uncomfortable, but you have to. If you practice under that kind of pressure on a consistent basis, you are already at a level above most bowhunters. Success does not come easy. If you don't enjoy the work and the training, more than likely your hunts will suffer someway, somehow.
I am not a natural in anyway, shape, or form. I believe I am doing with what God gave me and using my determination and passion to excel at the things I love and that I pour my heart into. I am average at best. I am average height, small build, and it is very hard for me to gain any amount of muscle mass.
I hunt because it's the healthiest red meat available on the planet. When I think bowhunting, one of the first things I think of is cooking meat of an animal I killed. The difference in cooking 100% elk, whitetail deer, or moose (just as a few examples) compared to store bought 80% lean beef is that there is little to no fat to strain from the wild game. The beef is swimming in a pool of fat by the time it is browned in the pan. Wild game meat is so lean and it is more organic than any "organic" beef that can be found at any high end grocery store.
I train to be a better hunter. I also train to be healthier and push my mind and body to it's limits. I am determined in my mind once I set a goal and I push my body to see if it can reach the bar I have set for it in my mind. I hunt to provide for and to raise a healthy family. Every year the slate is wiped clean. It doesn't matter how successful you were last season. When it comes to hunting, past seasons won't guarantee success the following year.
So what is bowhunting to you?