We were already a quarter of the way up the mountain when a text came through on our Garmin inReach from Tekapo Helicopter - "Forecast isn't too good! Best to plan for today as tomorrow is looking pretty bad. Could you be ready to go by 2pm?" Rihana and I were heading up the mountain with TJ and Grant of Metanoia Ventures to potentially recover my first bull tahr. It was easily a 3 hour hike, plus recovery time, then packing him back out. We were racing the clock.
April 9th - putting the finishing touches on the extra rooms in our house. Hanging a picture, painting some furniture, and unpacking the last couple of boxes from the move 6 months prior.
Fast forward to one week later.
“They let me go. About 10 of us.”
A couple months back my cousin Darrell sent me a link to the Train To Hunt event coming to Texas and asked if I'd be interested. He's a crossfit guy, loves elk hunting, was born and raised in Texas, and knows the struggle every time we head to the mountains because we're flatlanders, and training (to some degree) isn't an option for success while chasing big bulls out of our home state.
Whether you're new to archery or you've been shooting for over 20 years, there's always room for improvement. I feel that most mistakes stem from accumulating bad habits over time, and I speak from experience when I make that statement! I truly believe that going back to the basics of archery can be a great refresher, even for those that might have more experience.
If you've hunted for long, you've likely had someone ask you what they should invest in as a beginner archer. This is always an exciting question for me because that means one more person is putting a bow in their hands. They may not ever hunt, but they will soon understand the addiction of sending an arrow from point A to point B!