My 1st Hunting Experience

This past weekend, I went up to a sleepy little town called Palmer Rapids with my buddy Brevis.

Brevis was born there and we’ve been friends since university.

I’ve visited Palmer a bunch of times, so now the locals don’t get afraid that “the yellow man is invadin’ our territry”.

Actually, to be honest, the people I’ve met in Palmer Rapids are some of the nicest people I’ve met anywhere. Sure, they’re all related to my buddy Brevis, but still, they’re all great people.

Anyway, this is what we were up to:

Eric with 3 Ducks

I can’t take credit for shooting these – but I blow a mean duck call.

 

I’ve always wanted to go hunting because I think there’s nothing more primal than hunting your own food, plus, you can’t get any cleaner meat.

I was going to get my hunting license this year, but after doing some skeet shooting earlier this summer, I decided to observe first so as not to have this headline hit the newspaper:

 

4:30am Saturday morning and the Sonar alarm goes off on my iPhone.

I lie there until Brevis comes and gets me up.

Unfortunately, it’s raining. Absolutely pouring. 

Part of me is worried that we’ll miss out on the little excursion.

A much larger part of me is excited at the prospect of jumping back into the warm bed and continuing the dream that seemed like the most amazing dream ever, but that I have no memory of at all.

But Brevis, myself and his brother Blair decide to set out despite the buckets of rain being dumped on us above.

We arrive at the canoe launching point and run into one of their buddies (not related, surprisingly) who is also deciding whether it’s worth it to venture out.

After a bit of deliberation, we figure we’ve come this far, we might as well go.

Good call – the rain immediately lightened up and wasn’t that bad.

However, the fact that it was pitch black was a whole other story…

Not to mention that the water levels were really low because of the hot, dry summer, so we had to paddle over mud and grass to get to the marsh where we’d have the best chance at bustin’ a few caps into some punk ass ducks.

We arrived around 6:30am or so and then the fun was about to begin.

Or was it?

You see, Nintendo’s Duck Hunt may have skewed my perception of what duck hunting is supposed to be like.

 

I figured ducks would be flying out of the bushes every few seconds and it would sound like a war zone.

But real duck hunting is a little more relaxed; a little more sedate.

2 or 3 ducks fly out, and if they’re close enough, you take up to 3 shots.

Most of the shots you take miss. The ducks fly pretty quick.

Then you wait, and hopefully more ducks fly by. It could be 5 minutes. It could be 25 minutes.

This scenario continues until the sun really comes up, around 9:30am or so.

The window of opportunity is unfortunately very small…

Since I wasn’t shooting, my job was to blow the duck call and lure the little suckers in to our decoys.

I was able to lure a few different groups in and Brevis blasted one out. All in all we came away with 3 ducks and Blair and his buddy got 4.

We went out again at dawn and got a few more.

Then it was time for me to learn how to clean them.

Here’s how you clean a duck:

  1. Pluck off all feathers to the best of your ability. I think a hair clipping razor would work well here. I’ll try it next time and let you know how it works.
  2. Chop off the wings, head and legs with an axe.
  3. Make a small slit on the belly and pull out all the organs: intestines, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, trachea, quacker and anything else in the torso. Try not to spill bile or the contents of the colon inside the duck, unless you like eating shit.
  4. Rinse it off.

Not too complicated, but takes some time and patience.

And that’s one of the biggest things I’ve learned to appreciate about hunting – the pure patience required at every step in the game.

To be good at anything, you can’t rush it.

No matter how quick a learner you are, you need to be patient to truly build your skill.

A lot of prep. A lot of waiting around. Complete uncertainty about how it’s all going to go down. But when the opportunity comes – BAM – you take your best shot and hope to hit your target.

It’s kind of a good metaphor for training

We can never really be certain of what’s going to happen in the future.

All we can do is prepare ourselves, put ourselves in the best position possible to be successful and when the opportunity comes – BAM – take the shot and give it your all.

It might be raining… It might be dark…

But if you want to be a fighter, even if it’s a small little thought in the back of your mind, train to the best of your ability, but don’t rush it. Be patient, be consistent and continue to build yourself over time.

And let me help you. Let me help you be prepared, because, like I said, you really have no idea about what’s going to happen in the future, or when.

Follow my Ultimate MMA S&C program, and at least fitness-wise, you’ll be in the  best position possible to take advantage of whatever opportunity might come your way.

I don’t promise “instant results in only 12 minutes a day”…

But I do promise that if you’re ready to put the work in, you’ll be following the most complete and efficient strength and conditioning program designed specifically for mixed martial artists to prepare you to be in the absolute best shape possible when the opening bell rings.

Let’s do this.

Click here so you’ll be ready to take advantage of YOUR opportunity when it arises.

Because you might only get one shot.

You’d better make it a good one.

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I am interested in your programs on how to train for MMA. I am 57 yrs old and I don’t know if your workouts are meant for younger people or can someone my age actually use the program for getting into shape. I presently workout at least twice a week. I have a second degree black belt in Kyokushin and I am still very active with karate. I do not have any plans of competing in MMA, but would like to be in that kind of shape and condition.

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Hi Mike,

57 years old means nothing. 🙂

The program is great because it’s so efficient – 2 days/week can get the job done, as long as you’re actively training.

If you’re not, you can bump it up to 3 days/week.

The biggest thing is to track your workouts (I show you how) then adjust up or down as necessary with respect to intensity, sets, etc… If your recovery is a little delayed and you found a workout too much, then you do less the next time and don’t progress as fast. It’s all about listening to your body.