Getting Back to Traditions

January 6, 2020

"Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person." ~Fred Bear.

 

A few years ago, I was into hunting hard and spending as much time as possible in the woods. That focus and determination was derailed by the birth of my son into the world. His birth brought up two things I never even thought about before. 

 

First, was the newfound love for the outdoors. This love for the outdoors was different than I had ever felt before. What this newfound love equated with the love for conservation for others. What this means is the need for preservation for future generations. I solved this need by joining a few organizations and helping with their fight. 

 

Secondly, it was the need to become more intuned with mother nature and the natural world around me. At the time I did not know what this feeling was, I felt that I was more lost than I was found. Then the missing piece finally appeared, It was when my first calling met my second calling. It was the purchase of my first traditional bow in 2018.

 

You may know the song"A Boy Called Sue" this is was a bow called McBitchie. This bow created my drive for the need to go back to traditional ways of hunting. Well, McBitchie had cancer of the limbs, I was recommended not to use the bow anymore. A friend of mine swapped me that recurve since he was there when I picked it up for another recurve with an equally interesting story. Arrived the birth of Saturday Night Special, a Graying Green Bear Cub from the early 60's still in mint condition. 

 

As I began shooting the bow I realized what had been missing from my outdoor journey. The missing ingredient was the simplicity of the whole experience. So just as Fred Bear wrote in his journal chronicling his journey I will be doing chronicling my journey through film. 

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