By Eric Clark | PUBLISHED JUL 20, 2021
So when I first started hunting when I was like 15 or 16 or something like that I remember like it was literally my first time ever in a tree stand I was in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Northern Wisconsin it was super cold we got there at zero dark hundred down some old logging road there was like no other people anywhere and it was dead quiet.
I remember all these things I heard about deer growing up like they, they hear everything, they'll hear you before you hear them, they'll see you before you see them, and all that stuff.
With all that in mind, I sat in the tree stand dead still, I was afraid to even scratch my face... fast forward a bunch of years later when I'm bow hunting and now I get impatient and I stand up and that is the exact moment when when a deer unknowingly shows up and of course flips you the whitetail.
That's happened so many damn times but as you kind of get more comfortable with like making those mistakes I think that starts to open up a lot more opportunities for you you can start to get a little emboldened and do these things and be aggressive and you're going to learn a ton more about what's going on
So that particular hunt might not be successful in terms of a harvest, but it will be successful in terms of what you've learned and you can apply and that compound that information as you go forward that helps inform the next hunt, and the next, and the next to where you do start to feel more confident in your approach and find a version of success that fits your unique hunting style.