Happy New Deer’s 2019

2019 New Year’s Resolutions

Hooray, we lived to see another year! Anyone who values the infinite miracle of life will appreciate a shiny new year.

Now is a great time to reflect on the future, and ensure mistakes of the past don’t interfere future opportunities. More specifically, I’m talking about new deer’s resolutions.

Since bowhunting is my life’s passion and purpose, I set the same goal each year: shoot a 200″+ buck with my bow. Sometimes I get close, but it’s been a while since I’ve actually done it.

This year I’m aiming higher.

Goal #1: Shoot a 220″ buck with my bow.

Yeah, 220-inches sounds lofty, but given enough time and scouting, I know I can find a 220-class buck. Maybe he’s in my general unit, or perhaps outta state, but I’ll find him.

Goal #2: Stay healthy enough to hunt big bucks.

You can’t hunt if you’re dead, so health is priority #2. I’m not talking about fitness and exercise, but overall wellness. As the years fly by, wellness is quickly becoming a major hobby of mine. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Here in the far-flung future, we live in a toxic environment. Our air, water, and especially our food is full of toxins and devoid of nutritional value. This will inevitably break us down and kill us.

Avoiding disease and death is product of a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system is driven by three major factors: diet, sleep, and stress.

My advice: Grow your own food, harvest your own meat, drink clean water, and avoid environmental toxins. In the mean time, get 8+ hours sleep per night–come hell or high water–and avoid chronic stress at all cost.

My plan is to put off the inevitable by becoming self-sufficient and living off the land…hopefully a land far away from all this toxic sludge!

Goal #3: Make enough money to afford time afield.

Work is the great necessary evil of life. Most unsuccessful hunters think they can blame their job for failures afield, but it’s really misplaced priorities.

If hunting is your passion, and your job doesn’t allow enough time to hunt (say a week or two), then you have a crap job and severely misplaced priorities.

Don’t get me wrong, I love working. Work affords hunting, food, and shelter. But in a hundred lifetimes, I’d never allow the almighty J.O.B. to shave off even a single day afield. And it doesn’t…

…but at what cost???

…probably millions of dollars. I earn about 1/4th what most of my family and friends do. I don’t have dollar one set aside for retirement, and most times I feel like I have nothing to show for a whole year’s worth of work.

But I wouldn’t change a thing. I have a room full of fantastic trophies and trophy experiences, all worth billions to me, and all afforded by time afield, not time at work.


What are your new year’s resolutions? Is there a big buck in your future? Well, it’s yours for the taking, assuming your priorities are in order.

My advice to fellow hunters:

Dream big, avoid distractions, stay healthy, put in the time, and be grateful for past accomplishments.

Good luck this year!

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3 thoughts on “Happy New Deer’s 2019”

  1. Good luck, Nate. Always appreciate your insights and persistence. And always a little jealous at your freedom. Hoping i can get closer to similar goals this year. Working toward it. Almost have the farm up and running in full with the greenhouses and chickens, which will mean plenty of eggs and garden veggies year-round. We harvested 3 deer, 1 antelope, and 1 cow elk this season. So food-wise (nutrition), we’ll be good. Just need to shift focus to larger trophies soon. I enjoy the shortcuts all your lessons will provide.

  2. Thanks for reading and thanks for your reply, Russ. Congrats on your family’s many successful hunts last year. The greenhouse is a wonderful idea; I hope to build one myself!

    In the meantime, I’ll do my best to share many more ‘insights’ on this this blog this year.

  3. “What are your new year’s resolutions?” I just want to give comment about that question. Actually, my new year’s resolution is to get involved in hunting. Besides being a casual archer (sometimes go to the archery club to enjoy this hobby), so I decided to get serious into deer hunting. So I searched around the internet to find some related info and suddenly stumble upon your blog. This is my first time to comment on here. So many things that I need to learn and gather some precious info. All in all, I think, when the time comes, the best I think I need to follow someone that already expert about deer hunting instead of going alone. Anyway, I hope you will achieve your goal this year. Good luck.

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