|My Hawke Optics Spotting Scope|
A leader in my church has been quoted as saying, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home.” (-David O. McKay) and this is the foundation to my thoughts and feelings. As much as I would love to spend countless days in the woods uninterrupted, I would much rather be known as a father who would put his kids before anything else. I would much rather be the husband my wife needs me to be than the "successful hunter" the social media and other hunting/outdoor sources convince you that you need to be. I am a believer that the more time you are able to spend in the mountains, the higher the chance you have at getting the animal you are after, but when it comes to putting hunting above/before family, it just doesn't sit well with me.
The idea that a hunter can or should find a balance between spending time with his family and spending time away from them in the outdoors is a concept that needs to be forgotten! We hear quotes and phrases stating how hunting teaching youth how to be patient, caring, decent, law-abiding people who know how to love and treat things with respect yet then they are told to be a "successful" hunter you have to neglect what is most important and devote themselves to doing one thing and one thing only... HUNT! If you eat, sleep, breath or dream about anything other than hunting then you aren't going to be the type of hunter you could become.
|My wife's bull elk|
|My little family|