Last week I was talking with the President of Ashbury Precision Ordnance MFG about all things hunting and he asked the question “Where do you go if you want to learn to hunt?”. The idea being most of the outdoorsmen we both know learned to hunt from their Father, Grandpa or other family members. Gather around the fire at hunting camp and you’ll typically hear stories about hunting being a skill th…at’s passed down from generation to generation.
What happens if you don’t have that opportunity and you find yourself wanting to learn later in life? The answer I generally get is “I read about it, I watched every hunting show I could and eventually I just went into the woods and started doing it.” There’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to successfully hunting wild game but that’s one reason Outfitters and guides are a popular resource for new hunters. You don’t have to go it alone, you can work with a guide to increase your chances of a successful hunt and to see what works in the woods. Another option may be attending a professional guide school to learn in a “classroom environment”. I haven’t had the chance to talk to anyone who’s gone that route but it’s something I’m curious about doing… might as well put that GI Bill to use!
I find myself using many of the skills I learned in the Army as a Sniper when I head into the woods as a hunter. I also fall into the group of guys who read and watch every hunting resource I can find. I’ve become a huge fan of Steven Rinella – MeatEater because he’s a great story teller but he also takes a easy to understand approach to demonstrating the hunting skills he’s sharing. If you haven’t checked out his book “Hunting, Butchering and Cooking Wild Game” I HIGHLY recommend it. The Meateater series can also be found on Netflix and YouTube. Steve does a great breakdown on skinning and butchering white tail in one video. Paying for a tag, pulling a trigger and killing a buck is the easy stuff… harvesting the meat and putting it to good use afterwards isn’t something you know intuitively. Other good resources are Gritty Bowmen and the Pro Staff classes Cabela’s frequently offers.
So now Morris has me all curious, how’d you learn to hunt?