I bet you thought I had disappeared; just given up on the whole hunting blog thing, huh? Well, I’m still here. Life just hasn’t been going quite the way I had planned lately. But, I still have a passion for hunting whitetail deer, and that is never going to change! So, as hard as it is to do some days, I am going to try to refresh and get motivated to follow my passion again.
In case you’re wondering what has made things so hard for me lately, I’ll give you a little background on the past few months of my life. First of all, I started having some health problems in April that have taken a toll on me. Don’t worry; it’s nothing too serious. I have been diagnosed with Graves’ disease, which is a form of hyperthyroidism. I am on medications for it; however, I am not without symptoms. So, I now have high blood pressure, hot flashes/sweats, heart palpitations, and muscle weakness to deal with, just to name a few. And, the hardest for me to deal with right now is definitely the muscle weakness; I can’t even pull my bow back anymore. I am truly struggling.
But, that is the least of my problems. In May, my life took a more devastating turn. My father was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma brain cancer. It came on with very little warning, and was a shock for the whole family! This has been the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. There is nothing more difficult than watching someone you love suffer and knowing you can do nothing to make it better. He was only given a few months to live. So, right now my main priority is spending as much time with him as possible. I have also had to drop my hours at work in order to get him to and from appointments, so my finances have taken a pretty hard hit as well. And, as strange as it may seem, his health has had a great impact on my health. When I received my diagnosis in April, I was told to de-stress my life as stress would contribute to the severity of my symptoms. Needless to say, I have been highly stressed.
So, as you can see, life has been a bit difficult lately. But, I have also learned a lot from these past few months. I have a much different outlook on life. I now realize more than ever just how short life is and how quickly it can change. You would think this should have already been evident to me considering that I work in the health care field. There is just something different about it when it hits so close to home.
My priorities have definitely changed! Spending time with my family has become more valuable than ever. Yet, I also know that I need to get out and enjoy life. I need to follow my passions. I hear my parents talk now about all the things they wish they would have or could have done and didn’t get the chance to do, or just didn’t get around to. I don’t want to have all of those regrets when my time comes. I want to be able to say that I lived the life that I wanted. I need to follow my dreams and my passions, and that is exactly what I am going to do!
Yes, this is going to be a tough deer season for me! I know I have a lot of work to do in a little amount of time. Physically I am weak. Mentally I am exhausted. But, I also know that spiritually I am strong! I will not let life defeat me. I have started working out every day to get my strength back. I am watching what I eat. I have trail cameras out and hope to see some magnificent bucks that will get me inspired. And, I know I may not be able to get out as much as I’d like to, but I will get out when I can and I will make the most of what time I do have. But, my family will come first. I will find the perfect balance between my priorities and my passions; that is my goal, not only for this upcoming deer season, but for my life.
No, this isn’t my normal hunting post. It may even seem like it has nothing to do with hunting at all, but it has everything to do with hunting. How, you wonder. Well, I wanted you to understand what is going on in my life that is affecting the upcoming hunting season. Like I said, I’m struggling! And, one of the issues I am struggling most with is the possibility of not being able to use my compound bow this year. I am not against using cross bows; however, there are a lot of issues around using one. What if I get that record buck? Does it mean less if it’s taken with a cross bow? What will other people think? Will I be considered less of a hunter?
Yep, these are just a few of the questions floating around in my head. I know the experts say that hunters are a tightknit group; they all band together and support one another. To some degree I believe that is true. But, I have also read so many articles and posts that show otherwise. I have seen plenty of posts that show hunters are still against cross bows. And, I have really never understood why it is such an issue. I have used a cross bow in the past. I’ve heard people say it’s no different than using a gun, but it is not the same at all. It is more challenging than going out with a gun. You still have to have the deer come in close (within BOW range)!! It is harder to get into position with a big old cross bow than with a gun. So, while there may be some similarities, they are not the same at all.
No, this is not the only issue that hunters do not agree on. Some hunters are against baiting. Some are against using trail cameras. All hunters do not see eye to eye on every issue, so you can see why I am struggling. But, I have always supported the use of cross bows; they are especially great for hunters with health problems. And, this year I just may join that group. Am I going to let my health keep me from getting out there in the woods? No, I will be out there doing what I love! I may be out there with a cross bow, but I will be there; nothing will keep me from my passion!
I would love to know what you think. How do you feel about cross bows? Do you believe they make you less of a hunter? Please share your thoughts below, or as always, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.