This is one of my favorite times of year…sportshow season! It’s nice taking a break from TV obligations, the demands of writing and other daunting projects. One of the things I love most about sportshows is meeting people. For the past five week’s I’ve been on the road, and with only a couple more events to go, I must say this has been the most enjoyable sportshow season in the past 12 years. Though I love sharing what I’ve learned through the many seminars I deliver, what I love most is learning new things from others. When it comes to hunting and fishing, there’s always something to be learned, no matter what your level of experience. Some of the best hunters and anglers I know are the humble ones who are continually looking to learn something new. They approach challenges with open minds and are eager and driven.
I picked up some great tips from people over the past several weeks, some I look forward to trying with coming seasons. I also got to chat with folks who further motivated me. There was the man in Sacramento who writes on his hand, in pen every day, the number of days until blacktail season. There was the man in Portland who’d recently had his entire thumb sewn back on after having it cut off in an auger. It’s still too early to tell if he’ll be able to keep his thumb, as the bone isn’t growing together. But his mindset was admirable. He said that even if they do have to take his thumb, he’ll still be able to hold a bow in that hand! There was the man from Idaho who came and bought a copy of every single book Tiffany and I have, then shared a recipe with us that Tiff’ can’t wait to try. There was Rick and Vonia, a couple at the Portland show who epitomized a fun, outdoorsy couple…she wanted the hunting books, he, the cookbooks. Their pleasant spirits and enthusiasm we encouraging and motivating. There were the youngsters we met each day. The shine in their eyes and the smiles on their faces said it all–how happy they were to be at the show and how much they love the outdoors.
What I really like about sportshows is that everyone is in the building by their own choice. That’s because we share the same passions, dreams and desires. The outdoors is a powerful, life-shaping experience, and is what drives so many of us. Were it not for hunting and fishing, it’s hard to even imagine what many of our lives would be like.
Thanks for the support, and keep enjoying what we have. We’re all on the same team, working together for what we love.