For those of you who don't know Ryan surprised me for my 30th birthday with a trip to Canada to go bear hunting. Yes you read that correctly bear hunting! This will be a guided hunt for both of us that our friend Casey Heeden, who is co-owner of Apline Hunting and Fishing Adventures helped set up. Needless to say when Ryan wrote in my card that Id be needing to pack my camo and take time off of work I was more then ecstatic! Seven days in Canada not only to bear hunt but to also fish during the day.
I grew up with my father and brother hunting with other family members and local neighbors but never myself hunted. Last year I wanted to go to be able to do something with my father where we could have some father/daughter bonding time. For myself anytime in the woods and outdoors is time well spent and to be able to hang with my dad, well even better. I remember my first day out with dad, we were party hunting and we walked into the woods together we stopped waited a few minutes and sure enough what comes running down the hill through the trees a big buck. Of course it was to far away and going to quick like those elusive bucks do, but what an awesome first encounter with a deer and having my dad by my side. I never did get a deer my first time deer hunting but I enjoyed every minute of being able to be with my family. I knew after gun season ended that I was hooked and that I wanted to try bow hunting.
Ryan grew up hunting and still currently does. He hunts from a ground blind and because of his paralysis can also hunt from his truck. What gets more redneck then hunting white tails from your pickup truck, right?! Ryan purchased a bow for me for Christmas this past year and he also purchased a crossbow for himself. Bow hunting and archery quickly have become a passion of ours. My parents have also joined in on the fun of archery and we are blessed to be able to shoot at their home or at the shop on the farm where we have an archery range and 3D targets. We also joined a fun archery league in the winter in our local town. Lately we have been putting more of an effort into shooting during the week and weekends to prepare for not only Canada bear hunting but also for when bow season opens up in Minnesota in September. Ryan and I both will be hunting from a tree stand. We just recently found out that the stand Ryan will be in is 16 ft in the air and has a ramp built for him to get up to it.
Im not going to lie I am a bit terrified to go bear hunting by myself in the fear of a bear climbing my tree but a lot my fears stem from the fear of the unknown. I know that once we arrive and get day one of hunting under our belt those fears should settle. Most days my excitement out weighs my fears. How many people get to experience a bear hunt or seeing bears out in the wild, not many. I feel pretty blessed to be able to have an experience like this and to be able to have it with Ryan by my side. God is answering my prayers for wanting more adventures especially outdoor ones.
I recently read an article found here, www.outdoorhub.com/news/2016/08/01/10-reasons-bow-hunting-makes-better-person/ and these 10 reasons couldn't be more true. Bow hunting, and hunting in general has taught me so much in such a short amount of time. Patience is the number one for me, but also respect for nature and the animals. I think its pretty incredible that we can harvest an animal from nature to feed our family. This last spring I went turkey hunting for the first time with our friend Casey. I love, love, love getting up early, heading out into the woods and watching God's great earth come to life. The beautiful sunrises, the sounds of birds waking up and those early morning gobbles to get your heart pumping! Part of the reason why I love hunting is for this reason. Hunting doesn't come with out its frustrations and disappointments but its all about the experiences and the memories you make. Im like a sponge wanting to learn everything I can from the people who have the knowledge of hunting, in hopes to not only better myself as a hunter but in hopes to be able to pass this knowledge to our someday children.
So in a couple short weeks we will be packing our camo and heading up North. Stay tuned for a blog post recapping our trip!