“If you're bored with life, if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things, you don't have enough goals.”
― Lou Holtz
― Lou Holtz
Obviously, I get up every morning with goals. Some are far more simple than others. First goal of the day get out the door early for work, and then that one is followed up by a million other small goals throughout the day. I'm a list making, and crossing off kind of gal. I just like the feeling of achieving something, small or big. Oklahoma archery season is currently 71 days away. Do I feel prepared? Maybe in some aspects. My bow is ready, physically, and gear wise I'm ready. Do I know what deer are coming in where and where my hiney will be planted the first day I can hunt? Not yet, but I have 71 days and one more blind to build to figure that out.
Last year I had one goal for all of archery season, put an arrow in a deer, and find said deer. I accomplished this with the help of several people, and some well spent time. With less than three months until season, I started thinking "what is my goal this year?" I mean we would all love to arrow a 150+ class deer, but let's be realistic for many of us that's not going to happen. My first goal was formed after my buck last year. That goal was to get a solid pass through on a deer this season. I've upped my draw weight by about 10 pounds during the off season and want to get 5 more pounds before season starts, which will definitely help me achieve goal number 1: pass through.
The more I thought about goals the more I realized as a lifetime hunting license holder in our state I get quite a few doe tags, and we eat the meat from everything we kill, and we know several other people who eat venison but are no longer able to hunt due to age or lack of hunting land etc. That's when my second goal was formed, with our bear hunt coming in a year I want to be as confident as possible in myself and my equipment, and the way to gain confidence is putting arrows in animals, so why not arrow as many does as possible, hopefully filling all my doe tags, and help out some of our friends who love venison but don't always get the opportunity to harvest an animal, or Hunters Against Hunger if we fill our and our friends freezers as well.
I set lofty goals in hopes of pushing myself as a bow hunter, which in turn I hope means growing into a better bow hunter. I feel as if we as hunters and just people in general sometimes just go "oh whatever happens is okay, because I don't want to push my luck." Well this deer season I'm going to do all I can to make my goals happen, if that means shooting the big doe the first chance she's broadside rather than waiting to see if a buck comes out that may be what I do.