Hunting for Others

In 2013, the number of people that lived in food insecure homes was approximately 49.1 million.

This includes 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children that aren’t always sure they’ll have something to eat tomorrow.

That’s a staggering statistic… and one that absolutely breaks my heart.

I work for a non-profit agency when I’m not hunting. The need, the poverty, and the hunger is something I see on a daily basis. For me, it’s not statistics. It’s a face-to-face interaction with a young mother who has a baby in her arms and two young children hiding behind her torn jeans.

My goal this year, if I accomplished nothing else, was to take a deer that could be donated to others. I’ve been blessed beyond reason to have amazing hunts year after year. What better way to share that passion and love of the outdoors than to do it so that it can benefit others? So much of the hunting industry is about promoting one’s self, getting the biggest and best animals, and spending a lot of money on the newest and the best.

I’m no different. Every year I’m on the hunt for the biggest and the best, the highest scoring trophy I can get. Some years I succeed, some years I don’t. So this year, I wanted it to be more than about me. We had some crazy weather this year with extremely hot temperatures through the early deer season, to bitter cold temps through much of the late deer season. It changed the deer patterns, played on your mental state (who wants to be outside in below zero temps?) and was all-around one of the hardest seasons I’ve ever hunted.

Elizabeth and her late season trophy that got donated to help families in need. Elizabeth and her late season trophy that got donated to help families in need.

 

Kansas has an extended whitetail antlerless only season that runs for a couple of weeks after the first of the year. It was during that season that I was able to take the deer I wanted. It wasn’t about size or how it would look on camera or hanging on the wall. It was simply not about me… and truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever been more satisfied with the end of a season.

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