Doing fairly well for the first three weeks of my first college course! I was quite nervous beings how I have not been in any kind of schooling for well over 26 years!
Even when I was in school, I never cared too much about english classes, so my grammer, structure, etc....has always been for chit! So when I chose an English course for my first one ever, I really got nervous!
So far, we have been able to choose our own topics for our first three essays. I obviously know very little about anything besides the outdoors (yeeh, yeah... I know...many of you will say I know chit about that as well, but bite your tongue for now! )
Well, so far so good The only thing I have been gigged for to date was for not naming this essay in the correct way! (Sunova! I missed that somehow) Though they have been a bit tough, due to the length requirements. Like on this one, I wanted to have some more words avail, but I ended up just under the 750 word max, and on this past week's assignment I was trying to keep short and sweet and was struggling to make the 350 minimum! So, a 97.85 avg so far!
Pick at as you like, but I am supposed to get feedback from outsiders that are subject matter experts (so not sure why I put up a hunting essay here! ) and your comments are most appreciated!
What ya think?
Cipriano "Marty" Martinez
Professor: Xxxxxxxx Xxxxxxxx
March 5, 2010
Early on in the beginning of 2009, just like the beginning of each calendar year. I found myself spending countless and seemingly endless hours planning for my annual treks into the back country of northwest Colorado pursuing an ever elusive animal. After literally several months of reviewing paper maps, online maps, satellite images, my personal hunting journals, articles and anything else I could get my hands on; I still never quite got comfortable that I had everything accounted for and was truly prepared for my hunt. Despite the basically yearlong planning, in the end, a pursuit of the regal Rocky Mountain Elk just never quite works out as one might plan. Therefore, I feel one must ensure to account for all contingencies.
Over the last several years I have been choosing a later season elk hunt due to my belief that there is less pressure from other hunters, as well as my confidence that the animal's migratory habits are much more predictable. That being said, for several seasons now I have been unsuccessful at actually harvesting an animal. My hunts have been very enjoyable and also to a certain extent, extremely rewarding. Despite the fact that I did not come home with the freezer full of meat that I set out trying to attain. Though this perceived failure has the propensity of forcing me to ensure that even the most minuscule of details are addressed whenever I define my plans & goals for each once a year adventure.
My hunting season for 2009 was a five day hunt in the middle weeks of November. This "4th season," is the shortest of the five different seasons available for one to hunt elk, and therefore it requires one to work as hard as one can, from start to finish, in order to improve the chances for success. Simply put, one just does not have as many days to recover from a poor decision or a missed opportunity, as they might during the other longer seasons. When planning, I allow myself as many days as possible, to be in camp prior to the opening of the season. In my opinion, this is a necessity so one can be in the area scouting for the herds ahead of time and learning their daily routines. In 2009, I was able to account for  extra days prior to the beginning of the season which was scheduled to start on Wednesday, November 11th.
As the months rolled by, one after another, I did my best patiently waiting for my time in the woods. As the season drew closer, the seasons changed, and the inner anxiety heightened. As they did, my mind wondered more and more, back to the plans I had in place and the packing that needed to be done post haste!
Now, the preparations truly are a yearlong event. No sooner does one define the place in time and method for the hunt, and it is quickly upon a huntsman to begin putting those plans in place. Securing financial means, ensuring supply requirements, equipment, etc... For me, even the actual packing starts long before I head off down the road. I begin making a list practically at the end of the previous year's hunt. Though this is mostly due to the fact that each year I inevitably manage to forget at least one very important 'piece of the pie!' I check this list, re-created this list and make multiple versions of this list, only to revise it again & again throughout the year. With the season fast approaching, I began to check-off that list as I made my final preparations and started to physically pack the many, many items I had jotted into my journal.
When the months turned into weeks, and the weeks to days, I became consumed with the anticipation of the hunt. I noticed more, the busy bustle of the animals as they hurriedly prepared for the endless frozen winter. Each morning I found that the frosty crispness in the air, fed my most ancient of desires for the chase. When the green leaves on the trees began to change into those wonderful oranges, yellows, and reds, it had a tendency to enhance my sense of the wind. That pivotal point in time kept drawing nearer and nearer...
Alas, it was upon me! The time had come for the adventure to commence!