by Paul Walerczak
There is one word that can describe many outdoorsmen starting in or around October 1st of each year. The word is "obsessed". Webster's Dictionary defines the word obsess in the following ways: to haunt or excessively preoccupy the mind of, to engage in obessive thinking : become obsessed with an idea. If that doesn't sound like a whitetail hunter trying to punch his tag with a mature shooter buck I don't know what does.
Since joing the pro-staff for Midwestwhitetail in 2009 and then starting Without Excuse Ministries in February of 2010 I can honestly say I think about whitetail hunting year around. You can find me frequently reading, watching, or studying material to learn how to make the most of my time in the whitetail woods.
Since June of this year I have taken hundreds, possibly even one thousand shots, with my bow. I have taken these shots from seated, elevated, standing, and crouching positions. You could say "Paul is obsessed with making good, clean, ethical shots with his bow" and that would be a true statement.
There has been time spent preparing two fields in Kentucky for food plots that are an hour and fifteen minutes away from my home. The study of aerial photos and topo maps have helped me learn where to place my tree stand sets and learn the best entry and exit routes to these locations.
The list could go on and on, but in short you could say that I have become "obsessed" with chasing mature bucks. At times even hauntd by them!
In the midst of this obsession it is vitally important to keep first things first and not overlook or neglect the ones who love you the most...inspite of your obsession!
My prayer is this short video will help all of us during the upcoming whitetail season.
Blessings on your season,