I have a tendency to share things I learn on my mini-sabbaticals, like kayaking down the Mississippi, and hiking in the Appalachians and so now that I had the privilege to go on a hog hunt in Texas, I thought I’d share a bit of life-lessons/ practical lessons from the trip. There may be some application to digital marketing, but I just find the exercise of recognizing what I learn from life situations and intentional work breaks is super helpful in my overall attitude.
My friend Travis and I took a long trip in my Prius down the middle of the United States and drove through the night, with pouring rain only pulling off the road when the car started to hydroplane a bit at 3am. We met up with my brother Matt, Jon and my Dad, and a couple close friends. After some good ol’ fashioned Texas fried chicken we headed out to the border of Oklahoma and Texas and a guide brought us to a couple different ‘blinds’ in the woods – little huts with places to shoot from.
As we sat there looking at a feeder far off where pigs sometimes come we knew we’d need patience. About 2 hours in I spotted a black mound next to the feeder and thought that perhaps there was a rock or something there that I hadn’t seen. I looked into my scope and got a very clear view of the animals head. I was told to hit em’ right behind the ear, and I honed in on that area. My brother Jon (pictured in the photo above with me) and I were discussing how quickly I should shoot – the overall vibe was ‘don’t shoot until you have the perfect shot’, and to be honest those suckers are sneakier than I thought and it scurried off behind a tree.
Since it was only 2 hours in, as we waited for the animal to re-emerge I consoled myself with the fact there will probably be some more opportunities. The only real opportunity I had was at a raccoon while it was dark – and well, I got one. As it screamed out in a very cute death rattle, I recognized what my metaphorical lesson for the week had to do with the one that got away… You can’t wait for the perfect shot, sometimes you just got to take your best shot when you have a reasonable opportunity.
The practical lesson I learned is; don’t put your eye too close to the scope. I got a cut right above my eye when the A.R. I was shooting had a hefty recoil. Not a metaphor 😉 I didn’t see any more hogs that night, but I had a couple things to think about and had an amazing time with my brothers, my dad, and my buds. Overall a great little break from work.
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