For centuries, hunting was a means of putting food on the table but thanks to animal husbandry and the modern farming techniques, the need for hunting to provide sustenance has reduced substantially. Surprisingly, 16.9 million Americans went hunting from Spring 2016 to Spring 2017. With this in mind, hunting is no longer a necessity but a beloved outdoor activity. Find out what makes this an attractive sport.
A Mini Break With a Few Good Friends
This is the ideal time to break away for a few days or weeks and boost that sense of camaraderie in the group. Hunters have the option to go the route of glamorous hunting, where a cozy cabin in the woods allows for some hunting tales around the fireplace. Those who prefer to rough it out can do it in a more traditional camping style. A fireplace might not be an option so as not to reveal their position, but there is still opportunity to share stories.
It Satisfies the Need for Gadgets
One of the most satisfying experiences to a hunter is the purchase of a new gadget that will improve their hunting game. It’s not always about the aesthetic appeal of things, such an engraved barrel, but rather those items that will give the hunter the edge over their friends and competitors. Purchasing a new rifle scope is a good place to start, as well as tracking devices and even night-vision goggles.
Hunting Offers the Opportunity to Connect With the Source of Food
There is nothing more tragic than a society that believes that their sustenance is from a supermarket or factory. Those who go out on the hunt are able to connect with their food on a whole new level. It is also the ideal time for the hunter to reflect on other sources of energy, such as roots and berries that are safe to eat in the area. Many pack high-protein snacks and camp food, but those who have a more traditional approach to hunting will appreciate the slight deviation to foraging.
Every Trip Offers a Physical Challenge
Some of the milder activities of hunting include walking around the forest with a heavy rifle and backpack to setting up camp. Those who decide to pull all-nighters will have to replenish their energy reserves often in order to stay awake. But possibly the most taxing of all is when hunters land their prize and they need to gut, carry, and skin the animal. Those who decide to take hunting on solo will need to bear this in mind as they need to be in top physical condition.
As with any other sport, safety is in numbers and hunters are usually recommended to take a few hunting pals along on the trip. Small groups of three or four tend to work well, as they’re small enough to remain quiet – an essential component of a successful hunt – and big enough to lend support when needed.