For many years I didn’t hunt. Between kids, work, and my family needing to eat and have clean clothes, there just wasn’t time to hunt. And at the end of the day, I was tired! It didn’t help my disposition when I would hear things like the woods are so relaxing, etc. Yeah, buddy I’m sure the woods are relaxing – I wouldn’t know!
So now that I am fully ensconced in the hunting world and will NOT ever stop, I have the advantage of some hind sight. You know that whole-if I only knew THEN what I know NOW. Hopefully, this can help some of my brothers in the hunting world who would like to have a hunting partner in their wife/significant other. Some of these suggestions may seem obvious and might appear that I am suggesting you “baby” your baby. Well guess what? Every once in a while, we woman do liked to be pampered. So here goes:
1 – Start in warmer weather. Spring turkey hunting is a great time of year. Or shed hunting in March. Don’t expect your wife/girlfriend to get excited about hunting in the dead of winter.
2 – Take it slow. Make arrangements for the kids to get picked up from school. Both of you can take off work early, get some lunch, go sit in the woods. No rush. Just sit and watch. And let’s face it; that is really what most hunting consists of, a lot of sitting and waiting. If you can arrange a quiet afternoon it will earn you some brownie points.
3 – Don’t expect to be sitting 20 feet up in a stand. I was deathly afraid of sitting in a stand for many years. And quite frankly it wasn’t worth my time to worry about getting over that fear. But when hunting really took off for me I knew I had to. But I first started sitting in a blind – in a chair – with a cushion.
4 – Make sure everyone is comfortable. Make sure your wife/girlfriend is warm enough. Remember sitting in a blind or stand for multiple hours outside is not like taking a walk through the woods on a nice day. And most people who aren’t used to hunting just don’t realize how cold you can get while sitting. So even if it seems like overkill, make sure she has extra layers and gloves. A seat cushion is much appreciated as well!
5 – Take snacks and a drink. Make a picnic out of it. Seriously a little romance in a blind goes a long way, men.
Of course, hunting is not all about cushions, staying warm and enjoying the day. Some hunts are tough – they need to be tough to get at the big game. Some hunts demand a lot of walking and sweating despite the fact that it’s 32 degrees and the sleet is hitting you in the face. But you had to go out OF COURSE because the wind was right. I get it-I’ve been there. It took me a while and now I fight with my husband over stands. But she just isn’t there yet and that’s a good thing-there’s time to work on that. I think that with time you’ll discover different views and approaches to your hunting just by including your partner.