Stop Dreaming. Start Hunting.

I am so excited about this month’s issue of Bow America!  I am excited to be a part of it, but I am even more excited to read the other articles in this issue.  This month’s topic is Dream Hunts, and there are a lot of great contributions.  Here is a preview of my article…

Stop Dreaming.  Start Hunting.  4 Steps to Make Your Dream Hunt Happen.

Bull Elk by Phil Spradley

I knew in the moment that what I was experiencing was special, but I didn’t realize at the time just how life changing it would prove to be. We were sitting on the shore of his pond, lazily fishing, but more importantly talking. My Grandpa didn’t really open up much, especially after my Grandma passed away in a tragic accident years prior. On the exterior he was a hard man, but anyone that knew him well could see that he had a heart of gold. On that day, he talked about the years after her accident and how his life had changed. He realized for the first time just how short life can be; he decided to start living life and pursuing what he had always wanted to do.

One of his dreams had always been to hunt elk out west, which was a dream that we had in common. Unfortunately it was too late for him. Years of manual labor, arthritis, and ultimately cancer, kept him from pursuing that dream. Me on the other hand, I was fully capable of making that dream a reality. He told me earnestly and directly to not just dream about that hunt, he told me to make it happen.

I can think of dozens of obstacles, circumstances, and situations that could keep my dream hunt from becoming a reality. It is easy to convince myself that I don’t have enough time, money, or knowledge to pull of this hunt anytime soon. It is easy to dream. It is easy to say “one day I will make that happen.”

What if that “one day” never comes?

Every hunter has a hunt that they dream of taking one day. Most of us have several. You may dream, as I do, of chasing the mighty bull elk through the Rockies. Maybe you dream of that 30″ high country mule deer or a record book Midwestern whitetail. Or, maybe you dream of pursuing big game in Alaska, Africa, or even New Zealand.

I want you to think long and hard about that dream and ask yourself one question…Do you really want it?

I think you can make that dream come true. It may cost you a lot of money, a lot of time, and a lot of effort, but if you want it bad enough, you can embark on your dream hunt.

As I recall my conversations with Grandpa, and think about making our dream a reality, I have realized four things which are helping me make that dream come true. I’ll call them the Four S’s…

Study, Schedule, Save, and Sweat

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  • Johnny Sain

    You only get one go-around, you best make it count.

  • Kevin

    Nice article. Thank you for the motivation.

  • Jordan

    Great article! I moved from the east four years ago and now continuously live the dream as a Wyoming resident. There are some who can get it done in a weekend through skill, others who get it done by luck. Elk hunting is indeed not for the faint of heart. It took me three seasons hunting my new home turf to kill my archery bull. Well worth every minute of work. Good luck, make the dreams a reality!