All hunters remember their initiation into the brotherhood. It doesn't come when you buy a piece of gear or lease a property. It comes when you finally have your first encounter with the animal and you muster the mettle to make good on the situation. The ability to calm yourself from the moment you know its going to happen is an ability that comes natural to some. Others "like me" experience a battle of epic proportions inside their minds. I am one that has to take an active approach to calming myself so the shot can find its mark. Slowing a pounding heart, diluting my thoughts to the bare essential ones that are aimed at success, and stopping the spread of endorphins is not only a stressful experience but one that becomes addictive and keeps hunters coming back year after year. The bow hunter's grind out long days on stand, the duck hunter's wade through frozen water with numb fingers, and the bird hunter's walk miles on end. Every type of hunting demands a sacrifice of some sort to get the opportunity to realize the success and feelings that brief moment can provide. It all comes back to choosing one thought over another. It's all on you, no one can help for the struggle exists in the most private of places, our minds. It's YOU vs. YOU

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