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How We Think Affects Our Hunting Experience
This article illustrates how the Law of Attraction affects our hunting and outdoor experiences.
Many articles have been written about hunting tactics, equipment, clothing, areas, regions, the various animals, guides, preparation, and so on. And while all these things are important, I find that there is something else that comes into play, less talked about, but equal or more in importance that, in my experience, unleashes greater success and richer hunting experiences. In fact, I find that there is something else that can even trump where you are on the learning curve, or on the equipment curve, or on the experience curve, or whether or not you have a guide or experienced partner. It's how we think. What goes on in our minds may well determine whether or not we 'beat the odds' or come back with an enjoyable experience.
1. Dare to Dream. My richest hunting experiences are birthed in dreams. Some of the dreams are childhood dreams (of getting a bighorn sheep). The greatest hunt I have been on to date has its origin in a dream birthed by watching Eastman's High, Wild, and Free (1968) decades ago as a child. Some of the dreams are dreamed up as I go along (e.g., taking an animal by a particular method). The first stage of any 'dream hunt' is the dream. Bring to consciousness dreams of old, and also dream anew. Give yourself permission to `long' for that big buck, or to be on that safari. Exercise the dreaming process. See yourself there, doing it, enjoying it.
2. Follow Dreams with Action. Put in for that `lottery' hunt. You won't get drawn if you don't put in. Let the right people know your dreams. Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Every day you are getting older. Buy the licenses, make the connections, and get the equipment necessary. Time and financial resources ebb and flow, but you can always at least get exercise and get in better physical condition. The hunts I dream of require good physical condition. Recognize that some things fall into place as we are in motion. Start down your dream path. Do what you can do now. Let the details fall into place along the way.
3. Love. Do you love to hunt? Do you love the outdoors? Do you love the wildlife? Admit it if you do. Learn to love if you don't already. Don't ever be too old to love. I love to hunt. I love the outdoors. I love deer, geese, trout, and alpine lakes. I love steep, rugged terrain. Love reaches deep inside of us unleashing hidden abilities. Love enriches our experiences.
I admit it: I LOVE ELK. And guess what? - I see elk often. I see elk where they 'aren't supposed to be'. I see elk others don't. I see elk while running errands. And I see their sign, and beds. And I see elk while hunting. Love has an 'attraction' quality to it. And my day is made richer when the thing I love has come to me.
Few of us hunt because we hate the outdoors, or want to destroy wildlife. We hunt because we enjoy it. Early in my hunting 'career' I told my wife I hunted for the meat. A good wife has a way of seeing through that, especially when you don't bring home much. Now I admit it! I love because I love to hunt.
4. Listen to Your Other You. For the purpose of this writing I will say that there are two parts to our thinking. There is the conscious part, and the subconscious part. One 'channel' we are aware of, and another containing a lot of other stuff going on in the background, that we are much less aware of. Most of us spend most of our waking hours tuned in (perhaps by definition) entirely to the conscious. And we ignore the other part. When we step into the field we start 'looking' deliberately, consciously for that animal we are after. We look out across the meadows and hillsides, then under trees, through ravines. We pick the terrain apart and analyze it piece by piece. But our subconscious is also taking it in. I propose that our subconscious can process what we see far faster and more accurately than our conscious.
As you go into the field and 'look', also give your subconscious permission to look, sort, process, and report back! And listen! My subconscious knows I love elk, deer, ducks, and geese, and I have shown my subconscious what they look like (thousands and thousands of images from books, magazines, the Internet, etc.). All I need to do is allow my subconscious, my greater awareness, to tell me when it sees something. Try it; it works. The next time you go into the field - look with your conscious - and also allow your subconscious to look.
Finding the `needle in a haystack' is difficult for the conscious mind, but easy for the subconscious.
Once while at a stop in Washington State I gazed out across some barren land waiting for my wife to return from a convenience store with some snacks. As she came to the car and as I turned away from the empty land in front of me - my subconscious started screaming, "Filler, LOOK!" (Filler is my last name.) I turned back around, and there right before me near the side of the road, bedded the whole time, was a magnificent mature bull elk. My conscious missed it. But my subconscious didn't - and my subconscious mind knows that I so love elk. My subconscious mind wouldn't let it go without telling me.
Give your subconscious mind permission to work on your behalf. "Okay, subconscious mind, today we are looking for Mule Deer today - let me know when you see one."
5. Learn to See. Let your subconscious look while your conscious looks also. Try it. When we look at hunting magazines we often see pictures of the whole animal... with a meadow for background, or, gasp, the horizon. But we will wait a long time to see an animal presented like that in the wild. We must realize that in reality we will be looking for just parts of animals. We might be looking for the white trim of a whitetail deer tail (tail down), or for the white ring around an eye. This is difficult indeed - especially amidst a deer-colored forest.
So, as you go into the wild - look deliberately for whole animals, and especially parts, and give your subconscious mind permission to do likewise. Your subconscious mind in an instant can process huge amounts of input - and report back to you - in real time.
6. Learn to Hear. My loved ones will say that my hearing has deteriorated with age. And they are right. But I still hear what I want to. I still hear what I love to. So, be consciously aware of the sounds around you, and subconsciously as well. I may not be able to hear the phone ring in the other room - but I can still hear geese flying overhead outside the house, even when I am inside, and even sleeping.
7. Prepare - for Good Outcomes. Some people believe Murphy (Murphy's Laws). I resist 'Murphy' at all times possible. Some people bring Murphy's Laws in to their hunting experience. And it seems to work for them. Things go wrong for them. I am not immune to bad things happening, but I don't 'believe' for them. I prepare for reasonable negative possibilities, in that I might carry a first aid kit, a satellite phone, or an extra layer of clothes, but I also prepare for good outcomes. So, when I go into the field for that elk, I make sure I have my knife, sharpener, game bags, bone saw, etc. I make sure I have a way to get the animal out without spoiling. I make sure I have the proper tags, and licenses, permits, and permissions.
In fact, I have learned to prepare fully for the best possible outcome. SHAME ON YOU if your once-in-a-lifetime experience unfolds in front of you and you aren't ready for it.
8. Listen to What You Say. L isten to what you and others say. What comes out of our mouths often betrays what is going on inside our heads. Some people start a hunt saying they 'probably won't get anything'. Yuck! Why bother!? Cast off negative thinking, bad expectations; resist Murphy's Law!
As I get out of the car with my friend Doug, I say, "Doug, today's your day!"
I remember it like yesterday. I was in a situation without a camera where I would have wanted to take a picture, and found myself saying to myself, "I sure wish I had a camera." And then I heard what I just said, and something rose up inside of me and scolded me; "Look, you need to stop saying that. Either make sure you have a camera next time, or shut up."
Since then I have diligently carried a camera and it has amazed me what photographic opportunities have unfolded before me. And the few times when I haven't had my camera or fresh batteries, I accept the rebuke and smile for the next time. Try it. Have the camera ready. Have the gun ready, the bow and arrows. Have the right tags, permission, size bullet, and so on, and watch what unfolds!!!
9. Do You Think You'll Miss, or Hit? As you pull the trigger, do you...
...know you'll miss
...think you'll miss
...hope you hit/hope you do not miss
...think you'll hit
...know you'll hit.
Some people think they'll miss, pull the trigger, and miss. They got what they thought. What a waste. What noise. What a downer. A negative experience. Regardless of your skill level, don't take a shot you think you'll miss. You probably WILL miss, or worse, you might wound an animal. I pass up shots I'm not fully confident of a hit with. Why waste ammo, game (by wounding it), time. Practice, practice, practice... so you get truly good. Practice, practice, practice... so you'll get confident that you'll hit. Get good, take shots you are confident of, and enjoy hitting your target. If you think you would miss, then DON'T take the shot. Enjoy not pulling the trigger. Try and get closer for a better shot the next time.
I have made incredibly long and difficult shots that I thought I would make. And I have missed short and easy shots that I thought I would miss. I got what I thought. I propose that our mind has as much or more control over the bullet than our barrel does.
10. Never Give Up. Q uitting is something you do in the mind. Don't do it. Keep going. That buck, that tom, that ram, might be just over the next ridge. It probably IS. As smart as that big gobbler is, he will eventually make a mistake, and you can get him. I just saw a piece of an elk hunting video where a guide was bugling in a bull for an archer and just as the bull was coming in to the kill zone it somehow spooked and bolted. But the guide immediately bleated out a cow call and froze the bull in his tracks, just long enough to get arrowed. Yeah, that's what I'm talking about!!! If your gun jams, quick! clear the jam. Try calling louder. If you missed, reload! Change tactics, change location, go farther. Adapt, adjust. Climb higher; go deeper into that canyon. If someone else has beaten you to your spot, maybe it's time to try the next one. You can hunt harder, farther, and smarter, and come back with game, anyway. "You won't get one if you don't go out." Hunting season isn't over until the end of the last minute of the last day.