Hunting on the Clock - Learning Patience
Being impatient while hunting has cost me a lot of game. I have thought repeatedly that God has given me a love of hunting to teach me patience. I am still not what I would describe as a patient person, but I have learned a few tricks that have helped me to discipline myself enough to hunt successfully.
I don’t usually see a whole animal all at once. Instead I see some small part of the animal or some hint of movement before I am able to fully realize what is there. While scanning the brush and trees I’ll think ‘was that a bird wing or the flicker of an ear or tail in the brush?’ When I was a less experienced hunter and thought I heard game moving out of sight or thought that I might have seen something move but wasn’t quite sure what it was I would try to wait a few minutes for the movement to be repeated and hopefully for the animal to reveal itself. Many, many times I gave up too early and made a movement myself before the animal did. In those cases, my movement would blow my cover and the usual result was a deer bounding away or the sound of a snort and retreating foot steps.
After years of this frustration, I have learned to glance at my watch and mentally note the time when this happens. Then I force myself to wait and watch, silently for 15 minutes. It seems like HOURS! But many, many times after what seems like eternity (but in reality is only ten or twelve minutes) I see the animal make another move and am able to see it before it sees me.
So if you have trouble being patient, use the clock to your advantage, force yourself to watch your watch then see more game.