When hunting is an important part of your life, you inherently spend a lot of time working on it. And in turn, hunting will teach you a lot about life. Here are a few of our favorite lessons we’ve learned from going on hunts.

Three elk in a river next to a forest

Hunting imparts the increasingly vital life lesson that spectacular things take patience.

Patience Goes a Long Ways

Nowadays, patience seems to be lacking more than ever, especially as society becomes more and more about instant gratitude. Attention spans now have decreased from 12 seconds on average to less than eight.

Hunting imparts the increasingly vital life lesson that spectacular things take patience. Rushing through your hunt will lead to screw-ups and going home empty-handed. To pull off a good hunt, you need to sit in crouched positions or hike through woods with utmost concentration. If it doesn’t instill patience in you, there isn’t much else that will.

Don’t Worry About Others

It’s easy to get wrapped up in what others are doing and start comparing yourself to how others do things. You’ll only hurt yourself worrying about others, but it can be a tough habit to break. The thing is, when it comes to hunting, there are many ways to be successful. And the best teacher you’ll have is through your own experiences.

Once you stop comparing yourself and worrying about others, you’ll really hone in on your method for success. This is an important life lesson as well. Everyone goes through unique situations, but the biggest teacher will be life experiences and figuring it out your own way.

Prepare for Success

Hunting isn’t a spontaneous sport. And if you want to be successful, you need to prepare the right way. Not only do you need to go through training and get enough practice under your belt to be good, but you also need to have the right licenses, know the rules for the animal or area you’re going to, and need to purchase all the right gear. Not to mention you also need to ensure you are physically fit for your hunt.

In short, this sport teaches the value of proper planning and preparation. This life lesson can also be applied to business. For a successful business, you need to be organized and have a well-thought-out approach. If you decide to wing it, you need to be prepared for the shortcomings that can likely follow.

Even if You Do it all Right, You Still Might Fail

Of course, you can also do everything exactly right and still come home empty-handed. Even if you prepare for months, are the most skilled and practiced hunter with top-of-the-line gear, you can still fail. It can be a frustrating experience, especially if your buddy with less experience or subpar gear manages to snag a big one. This isn’t a fun lesson to learn (or be reminded of) but it’s a good one, because even when we do it all right in life, sometimes we just won’t win. And that’s okay. That just means we pick ourselves up and prepare for the next hunt!

Man looking through the sight on his rifle while hunting.

You’re more likely to look back and regret the chances you didn’t take rather than the ones you failed.

You Miss the Shots You Don’t Take

Sometimes, the opportunity presents itself where you face a big bull, and…you freeze. Maybe you weren’t expecting it, or you don’t think you have a good enough shot so you want to wait a moment longer, but just as fast as the bull appeared, the moment is gone and you lost your shot.

It can be nerve-wracking to pull the trigger, in hunting and life, but it’s important to remember that you never know what might happen unless you try. You’re more likely to look back and regret the chances you didn’t take rather than the ones you failed. So, take the shot.

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Get Out and Learn More Life Lessons

Going on a hunt is a great way to learn some of life’s most important lessons. It not only makes you a better hunter but a better person. If you’re ready to get back out there, come on a guided hunt with us. At Soap Mesa Outfitters, we provide the best guided hunts in Western Colorado and we’ll be happy to show you what you’ve been missing.