There are a lot of reasons why people love hunting. One reason is the challenge of it. Hunting requires skill. Individuals who have never hunted before mistakenly believe that hunting is just going into the woods and shooting an animal. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It requires planning, tracking, patience, and a whole host of other skills to simply find an animal. Then another skill set is involved in accurately taking aim at and shooting the animal.
Many have described the planning stage of a hunt like a military operation. It is not uncommon for hunters to look at maps of the area that they are planning to work in. They plot out where the game will likely be moving. They plan out how they will access the area, how will they leave the area, and how will they get around any closed roads. If it’s wintertime, they need to take special precautions when it comes to tracking through the snow. They need to ask themselves questions like, can they enter the area in the wee hours of the morning before the sun comes out? Will they need to camp?
Anyone who’s hunted can tell you that their best hunting trips were the result of a lot of pre-hunting planning. This included testing and assembling the equipment they were going to use. If they’re going to use a rifle, they need to cite their rifle. If they’re going to use a bow and arrow, they need to make sure that their bow is properly aligned and functions well. They need to lay out the clothes they’re going to wear, plan out the food they’re going to take and make preparations just in case they are able to kill the game.
Once all the work is done, once the animal has been cleaned, and once the meat has been butchered, then comes the joy of actually enjoying the results of the hunt. Seeing the smile on the face of friends and family as they eat some of the delicious meat that you hunted is one of the best feelings in the world.