Traits of Great Hunters

Recently, I stumbled across an article describing 5 traits to become a successful hunter. After reading through each one, it prompted me to think of what traits I value most in myself and other sportsmen.

1. Ethics:

It starts and ends with being ethical in the field. It doesn’t matter how many trophies you have on your wall. If you lack the ability to be ethical, you have no business calling yourself a sportsmen.

2. Passion

If you’re not passionate about hunting you’re setting yourself up for failure. You can be the best shot, the most determined, and ooze confidence; however, if you lack the passion to pour your heart into this sport, you will find out very quickly it is not for you. Passion is a breeding ground for success. A deep love for hunting will push you past burning knees, rain soaked clothing, and the disappointment of close calls. At the end of the day, the love and passion for the sport is what drives us the most.

3. Determination

Believing you can do something, and actually doing it are two completely different subjects. Regardless of the circumstances, being determined to obtain success will define your legacy. Both in the field and in everyday life.

4. Confidence

I’ve never stepped into woods thinking I wasn’t going to be successful. Every morning is a new opportunity for success. Approach each ridge, valley, and open meadow as a chance to fulfill your yearlong dreams.

5. Luck

It’s hard to argue with being lucky in the woods. Whether it’s a shift in wind direction, or big bull choosing to turn right instead of left. Luck plays a critical role in every circumstance. It is more of a factor then a trait or skill. Since it plays such a large part in our success, it finds a place at number 5 on our list. Best part about luck, it can grace anyone at any time.

6. Patience

I debated whether or not to even put this on the list. It’s something I suck at; to be honest with you. My patience level is on par with a two year old child. If there is a big bull or buck held up in some thicket, 9 out of 10 times I am going in after him. I guess this where my “over confidence” plays a factor in my decision making. Regardless of the circumstances, as I mentioned above, I always feel like I have a chance, and I would rather push then sit back and wait. I do, however, admire the individuals who can spend an entire day in a stand or ground blind. It’s harder than it looks and it’s something I work tirelessly on every year to improve.

7. Instincts

I view instincts as understanding your surroundings and reacting to your surroundings. It’s a must have while hunting. The animals we pursue use it to perfection; many times relying on it for their survival. Your ability to rely on your own instincts can be the difference between punching your tag or going home empty handed.

8. Resourcefulness

Doing more with less and improvising. An argument can be made to put this higher on the list; however it lands itself at number 8 for us. Hunting is never scripted. Many times, it requires you to react with a limited amount of time. Use your surroundings to your advantage. Whether that’s making a blind, or circling around to get the wind in your favor.

9. Positivity

You will experience a roller coaster of emotions during hunting season. A short memory will serve you well. Learn from each experience, and apply them to future encounters. Your ability to stay positive, will define your hunt.

10. Persistence

This ties in nicely with your ability to stay positive. Regardless of the day’s outcome, stay persistent. Many stories have been written about a buck or a bull being harvested on the last day of the season. This doesn’t happen without being persistent. One of my fondest memories, is of a small buck I harvested on the last day of Maine’s rifle season. My father and I were actually driving home after disappointing week in another area until we decided to try our luck on one last spot. With the sun setting, I was fortunate to cross paths with a buck making his way through a valley.

Hunting will never be easy and most of us prefer it that way. There are thousands of skills and traits we possess. The most important aspect of them all; enjoyment. Regardless of your outcome, remember to cherish the moment.

Feel free to comment below, we would love to hear if there are any traits or aspects of hunting you value.

Colorado Big Game Club Welcome Video

Trail Camera Intro

Trail cameras can be a great tool when used properly. We will be gathering photos from six different units, covering the front range to the western slope. Our goal is to see how elk movement varies in different units.

Welcome to Colorado Big Game Club

For as long as I can remember, Colorado represented the hunting capital of the west. Golden aspen valleys with the echoing call of a big bull in rut fuels our imagination. We will spend endless hours fine tuning our craft for that one moment; a “moment” that will be etched into our memory for the rest of our lives. Many times words will fall short of explaining the “why” behind our drive to hunt. Our internal instincts are the fire that push us into regions of Colorado few venture. There are no trails with mile markers, nor are there signs showing us the way out, only the drive to see what’s beyond the horizon.

We are at our best when challenged by Mother Nature. Not just physically or mentally, but as humans. Time is taken from our own hunts to lend a helping hand. Conversations are struck with complete strangers with an ease that escapes us in our daily lives. Hunting represents a source of freedom, an overwhelming sense of emotions, and a level of simplicity that is not found in day to day life.

Every animal I have been lucky enough to harvest has represented a story. A story that is as clear to me now as it was when the script was being written. Hunting is not just the death of animal; it encompasses the entire journey, beginning with the initial hunting plan to the food that fills the dinner plate. In a world of processed foods, we should celebrate the few who still can support themselves from the land. It’s how we as a society began, and for a select few it’s still a way of life.

We are Colorado Big Game Club, and we are Colorado. As we put our story together, we have one simple goal; “preserve and protect Colorado’s hunting heritage.” There will always be challenges facing hunting and it will only become more difficult as the disconnection between society and the outdoors grows. Through film and the documentation of our experiences we aim to help educate others on just how important hunting is for the state of Colorado. As we grow, you will find us volunteering and working with the youth to encourage them with their first steps into the hunting world.