By: Ted Nugent
What is it they say;
“Wash, rinse, repeat.”
“The circle shall not go unbroken.”
“Same ol same ol.”
“Stuck in a rut.”
“Like Déjà vu all over again.”
“Repetition is the art of perfection.” (I think I just made that one up, but I do it all the time, repetitiously over and over and over again and again.
And when it comes to the most important things in life, and one has dedicated oneself to that Samurai higher level of awareness (I am communicating with deerhunters here!) lessons will be learned, frustrating trial and error will ensue, and ultimately, clever, intelligent decisions and beliefs will be formed to be as efficient and effective as we can be.
Boy, there’s a mouthful of truth, logic and commonsense found at all the best campfires and jam sessions of my life!
Once I figured out how to fondle, manipulate, caress, strangle, coax, mine and pummel the best, killer effervescent licks out of my beloved Gibson Byrdland guitar, I sure as hell wasn’t about to change the pulse and flavor of those magical song passages that have touched so many and outlasted the test of time.
That redundancy is sacred and proven, and nobody loves those licks and songs more than I do.
Why mess with perfection.
That being said, there is no shortage of adventurous first-time exciting eruptions on the old guitarneck which have never been heard or tried before in history to keep me on my toes, bright eyed and bushytailed. Those brand-new little fireball gems are always as exciting as it gets for a limitless visionary guitarplayer.
So goes my beloved hunting lifestyle.
As the deerseason 2019-2020 throttles on, I constantly, (as in every day!) find myself repeating proven methodologies to bring home the straps.
Once we learn how to read habitat and wildlife habits, where and how to set up our ambush, use the wind, weather patterns, timely game movement and the critical stealth of how, when and when not to move and make the shot, and how to execute that magical aim small miss small shot, we burn these truisms into our predator psyche and have them on DefCom1 readiness at all times for the much anticipated moment of truth.
Repeating proven lessons makes for optimal kill ratios, hence optimal fun, sport, meat, trophy and conservation celebration.
Lord, it sounds so easy, doesn’t it!
But alas, it is rarely if ever easy.
Like musicianship, hunter success will pivot on the repetition of smart moves, while remaining extremely attentive to improvisational alternatives.
In other words, repeat what works but always be ready to improvise, adapt and overcome.
I kissed Shemane for the first time in October 1988. I worked on improving my smooching methods over the years, and now 31 years ongoing, I repeat all the best semi-slobbering lipjams to much success and happiness.
See, all the most important things in life are best when perfection is our goal, and never giving up is the battlecry.
Find those magical procedures that work best for you, share them with hunting buddies, hone them constantly, but never stop trying new moves to be the best hunter you can possibly be.
I will keep working on it throughout the year 2020. I think I may be getting this hunting thing down pretty good here before you know it.