Mar 13, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT
Learning from Professionals Part 4
Bravery – You have no idea what you’re capable of until you’re about to be lunch; it’s sink or swim time! I discovered my courage when elephants charged at the same time as I shot my lion, but there wasn’t an alternative… after all, what was I going to do? Outrun a furious lion or enraged elephants? Chances of survival are slim if I were to try to run and hide! Same with bear, hippo, rhino and this list goes on. Over the years I’ve heard many hunters say “I can handle that” or “no problem; I’d just stand my ground… its tidily-winks”. Such braggadocios fools need to be careful –truth be told, many professional hunters talk about clients running and hiding or climbing trees alongside the scared trackers!
I thought that I too might be a scaredy-cat if challenged; however, bravery get’s a lot easier to have when you’re confident in your shooting ability and weapon selection/familiarity.
Furthermore, you just have to commit –look at the professional hunters; it’s their job to protect your life, the trackers’ life and their own life. They CAN’T get scared; it’s up to them and they must stand their ground!
Patience – I tend to lack patience, but have learned that this is one of the most important elements to a successful hunt. If I can just sit and wait very quietly for only two more hours I may have my deer in the bag early. If I can just relax, the elusive most sought-after deer may appear.
Patience with your hunting companion is important too; it could be a child, friend or family member; remaining patient and non-judgmental will create a confidence and trust between the two of you and forge a bond like no other.
I still get nervous on dangerous game hunts; can you give me any tips for increasing my bravery?
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