For most of us, bowhunting is much more than collecting an animal. Many of us began out as rifle hunters; and while we still anticipate and enjoy our rifle hunts, it is bowhunting that captures our greatest feelings.
For this hunter it is the entire experience that supplies such anticipation prior to the hunt and the warmest feelings following it. Why bowhunting; due to the fact that it provides us a chance to enjoy our buddies and family away from civilization. In this modern society filled with external electronic stimulation, our camp supplies us the internal stimulation we require to remain human.
We are enabled into, and get to share in the effective experience of our hunt partners. Those shared experiences end up being etched in our feelings and increase our anticipation for the next hunt. It is as much a part of the hunt as the real hunting. I am still amazed how my heart leaps at the sight of the camp at the end of a long day’s hunt. No matter how unrefined, it still feels as welcoming as any house I’ve owned. I know I’ll feel safety, warmth and fellowship; it is why we bowhunt. Bowhunting, more than other outside experience, offers us the chance to end up being a part of the wild region that we momentarily inhabit. Be it a tree stand, blind or some naturally occurring perspective, our objective is to become a part of the surroundings. We camouflage our bodies and mask our aroma in order to end up being an identical part of the native flora and fauna. We evaluate our ability to sit totally silent for long periods of time or stalk with stealth like silence.
And when the moment comes that we occur to find ourselves at full draw with our prey in our sights, it evaluates our capability to control our feelings in order to complete the shot. Bowhunting offers us the best natural “rush” possible. To be within yards of wild animals of all types makes our hearts jump. To be that close and have them unknown we are there doubles the excitement. When we head back to our everyday lives empty handed we are still filled with an abundance of emotionally charged experiences that continually nurture us, even. We are forced to live our lives in the civilized world to support our lifestyles and households however bowhunting supplies us the opportunity to leave the “real” world and nourish our psychological and mental lives! The bow and arrow have become more highly advanced, it is still an antiquated technique of hunting; flinging a projectile whose speed and precision are dependent upon the strength and steadiness of the archer.
By its very nature, bowhunting permits the hunter the opportunity to step back in time and forces him to rely on his hunter/gatherer nature. As a bowhunter I feel a little bit more susceptible than I do when I rifle hunt. In much the same way a surfer feels about the ocean waves, or a mountain climber about his climb, the bowhunter respects his surroundings, and can not wait till the next time he’s enabled the chance to restore his spirit and refresh his soul; this is why we bowhunt.