With social media and new technologies it seems that the hunting and fishing communities are growing at a rapid pace. I myself am one of those newcomers having just seriously started hunting and fishing in South Texas about 4 years ago. The initial learning curve of how to successfully land a trophy buck or a trophy fish can be overwhelming. What I have come to find out in that short period of time is that it’s quite alright not to know everything. In fact, I don’t think even as an experienced hunter you ever truly know it all. You merely have your own techniques. Techniques that you have found successful through trial and error.
To date I have not landed what I would consider a trophy buck. However, I feel every year I have gotten closer & closer to that goal. For those of you that are just starting out I would say don’t be afraid to ask questions. It may be intimidating asking another more experienced hunter questions that you know are basic. What I have come to find out is that most hunters love teaching! They enjoy showing their techniques and teaching the methods that have worked for them. From there a hunter can pick and choose what they like and try during their hunts. I have picked up valuable information from other hunters because I have asked. Never be afraid to ask a question no matter big or small. Usually someone else has had the same question too.
Where I have gained the majority of my knowledge however is from first hand experience. Sitting in the stand soaking up the surroundings. Learning the animals movements, what they react to, where they are coming from, etc. You learn exactly how to perfect your craft. Getting more comfortable and more confident with every outing. Even now I try to get out in the stand every day, morning, and evening. Gaining new experiences and learning new lessons.
Trying not to get into specifics that have happened to me just yet, the main point I want to make is that there has to be a fearlessness in asking questions and learning firsthand. It’s ok to have a failed hunt. Some mistakes are more obvious than others, but always go back and reassess the hunt. Usually you can find a mistake. Take that mistake and use it to grow. So even if you feel hesitant or intimidated because you aren’t the experienced hunter it’s never to late to learn. Get up early, get going and be out there! No one ever killed a trophy buck laying in bed being scared!