While driving in the rain to go take down a deer stand the other day, I couldn't help but think I was a little crazy. It was windy and cold, not to mention the rain that was pouring down. I got to thinking, over time I've done some things that people, quite simply, don't understand. But it's what I love, and as deer hunters, it's what drives us.
Failure, the concept scares many people. It can be a deterrent and make people not want to shoot for something. The thing is, failure isn't always a negative occurrence or something to be afraid of. Everyone fails, and that is perfectly ok. What is important, is learning from failure and using it as a learning tool to evolve as a hunter. A quote that will always stick out in my mind is from the great Michael Jordan. "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." I understand this is a basketball quote, but it applies beautifully to the art of hunting mature bucks.