The Whitetail Rut is a lot of fun. And last Wednesday was no exception. It was about 20 minutes until dark. I felt like I was in a good spot, but hadn’t seen a thing. Until off to my right I spotted a doe slowly moving down the trail. She wasn’t in a hurry. She was just meandering along. Normally, that would have been cool, but not overly exciting. At this point in my hunting journey, my freezer is still somewhat full, so does are not what I’m looking for. I’m looking for a fairly mature buck.[Read more…] about Lessons from the Whitetail Rut: Stupid Gets You Killed
The masculine soul rarely gets fed in the modern workplace. My typical workday starts with court in the morning. That usually lasts an hour or so, then I’m back to the office to answer e-mails, return phone calls, counsel clients, and review or prepare documents. It’s all done wearing a suit, sitting in a comfortable chair, in a comfortable office, with everyone well-groomed and looking their best. But not last Wednesday.[Read more…] about Young Coyotes, Wild Turkeys, and the Masculine Soul
Do men still need “manly skills”? While they might not be necessary to survive, they’re still necessary to thrive. There’s no question that we don’t live in the same world that our grandfathers inhabited. Our economy is built on specialization, with each person or company having a particular niche, with the result being that none of us is forced to develop a broad array of skills in order to navigate through life. This phenomenon is further bolstered by the advance in technology, which enables most men to live their lives by pushing buttons. Many of the manly skills that were necessary a few generations ago are optional now, at least in terms of being able to provide financially.[Read more…] about Are Manly Skills Obsolete for the Average Man?
“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” – Sun Tzu
Life will almost never go according to plan. When plans get disrupted, it’s easy to make excuses and resign yourself to failure. It’s much harder to adapt and persevere. But, when things fall apart, those who are able to adapt and persist often succeed at a much higher level than if things had gone according to plan. Winners find a way, losers find an excuse. In fact, chaotic circumstances are often the best recipe to win big.
In this video, I talk about how chaotic weather challenged me to adapt and find an opportunity when others did not. The result: Out of 200 hunters, I brought in the only deer of the day.[Read more…] about Video: In the Midst of Chaos, There is also Opportunity
I arrived at Deer Camp around noon on Friday, November 21. It was a beautiful fall day in Kentucky: sunny and clear, around 55 degrees. After I got my things settled into my room, I toured the facility and met the other deer campers as they arrived. We had 10 people total at camp, but only a few of us were hunting. The rest were just there for the fellowship, the tradition, and the outdoor experience. Those hunting included Zach’s uncle, a very experienced hunter who had taught Zach to hunt and track deer; Sarah, the 14-year-old daughter of Zach’s best childhood friend, who had taken her first deer a year earlier at the Camp, and me, the absolute newbie on his first hunt. [Read more…] about Zero to Hunt, Part Two: Deer Camp