Bringing out the best in one another

Nick, Steve, and Thom
Nick, Steve, and Thom on a hog hunt.

I recently read a post from Nick Viau that got me thinking quite a bit. If you haven’t read AMBITION AGED 34 YEARS I’d suggest you take a minute and go read that before you continue.

I read that the day it was published, and I decided to sit on it and think a while. I read it again this morning and I really like what I read.

I try to be a “up for anything” hunter, so long as my vacation days and bank account can support it. When Steve said he was ready to do a hunt he’s dreamed of for decades, I knew my answer was yes regardless of what or where we were going. Looking back, it’s probably not an accident he asked me the question. That was my chance to bring out something in Steve.

We had a wonderful hunt that was incredibly successful in every measure. Upon return Steve penned a wonderful story that I’m sure will grace a magazine or be a chapter in a book someday in the future. He asked Nick to give it a first proof read. After that, and doing some reflecting, Nick wrote the article I linked up top here. Steve’s story drove Nick’s philosophical inward discovery.

When I finished Nick’s post I had one thing that had gotten under my skin: “If Steve is a hunter who writes, and Nick is a writer who hunts, am I that guy who says he’s a writer but never writes anything???”

With that as inspiration, I launch this website. Nick, thanks for the encouragement you didn’t know you were giving me!

Bucket List Hunts

Reading Dennis Dunn’s books about the North American Super Slam has left my head swimming! I do not intend to pursue any of the “slams”, but I should organize my thoughts a little. This journal page seems like a good place to put it.

Booked:
South Carolina spring hog 2018
Ontario spring black bear 2018

Planning:
Wyoming mule deer 2018
Michigan fall black bear 2018
Australia buffalo, banteng, hog 2019
Wyoming elk 2020 (or beyond based on drawing tag)
Ontario moose 2021?
Texas aoudad, javelina 2021?
New Zealand 2022?
Wyoming moose 2025 (or beyond based on drawing tag)

Done since I started this blog post:
Africa; cape buffalo, wildebeest, warthog, impala 2017 – DONE!
South Carolina spring hog 2017 – DONE!
South Carolina fall deer/hog 2016 – DONE!
Wyoming pronghorn 2016 – DONE!

Then the ones I need to figure out a little better:
American buffalo; where, when?
Caribou; what type, where, when?
Mountain goat; draw potential, where, when?
Something in Europe?
Something in South America?

The Problem with Momentum

I’ve learned a lot about momentum over my years of building and testing arrows. When you have great momentum in an arrow, you get great results.

The problem I have had lately is that the idea of publishing my hunting journals and stories spread across many different websites, magazines, and a pile of notepads had no momentum. For several months I’ve been looking at this blank website with a terrible case of writers block.

With this simple post I am going to take an action and pray the momentum follows. Many great stories will be coming soon.

Thom