Upland Hunting – A Cure for Modern Ailment

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Here are 4 easy upland hunting cures for 4 common modern aliments

We live in a society that involves a fulltime commitment to a lot of things to be successful. From our families, to increasingly competitive workplaces, there is no doubt it puts a lot of stress on us as all. The results can be sleepless nights, crippling anxiety, and the constant worry of tomorrow, rather than what is in front of us today. Luckily, Mother Nature has the cure for us all- its called upland hunting. Now, I am not saying any of these are not series problems and do not warrant professional attention, but this has worked for me.

Taking a shot at Sleepless Nights with upland Hunting

We have all had the restless nights and sleepless trends that at some points can last weeks, or even worst months. No matter how tired our body tells us we are, our mind is on overload worrying about all the things wrong and all the things that can go wrong. This past year I found myself in that boat as I headed north to hunt Ruffed Grouse in the upper part of New Hampshire.

The first night I unpacked and hoped that the mountain air, beautiful view, and general calming environment would cure my sleepless nights. We ate dinner and after when we went to bed, I found myself just laying there wide awake, trying to focus on the sounds of nature just outside my window. All though I felt calm it did not work.

The next morning I trekked deep into uncharted territory and tried to find some new coverts. That day I certainly covered a lot of miles and as I got back to the cabin I was exhausted from the physical activity. That night I slept like a baby, and the next day I felt like a million dollars. I focus on this often now and find myself using nature as an outlet to wear myself out when need be to break a bad run of sleepless nights.

Clearing your Mind with the Hypnosis of the Flush

There are plenty of points where we have to many thoughts going through our heads. No matter what we do to try and occupy our minds we fail to rid our brain of the poisons of modern anxieties. I challenge anyone and everyone to try quite the opposite. Instead of trying to not focus on your problems see if you can focus on your problems with the thundering flush of a Ruffed Grouse in front of you. You will quickly find that it’s an impossible feat.

The hunt consumes you.  From the moment the dog goes on point, or the bird unexpectedly breaks the silence with the boom of its wings right to the end; whether we connect with the bird or not. We are lost in the moment, a thing many of us do not do enough, myself included.

Hunt for Today not Worry about Tomorrow

One important thing about upland hunting is we can hunt for today, or rather jump in and out of it, unlike more mainstream hunting sports such as deer hunting. Deer hunting, particularly big buck hunting can be a massive commitment. With upland hunting we can choose what our commitment level is with everything. How much we put into our dogs, when we hunt, and where we hunt. It’s not reliant on sitting in a treestand day in and day out, with way to much time to think about all the things wrong in our lives.

The overall experience of upland hunting allows us to really unwind. This can be a very safe place from anxiety or at minimum a solid reduction of everyday anxiety. Submersing ourselves in the outdoor experience is a powerful experince or as Harry Rowell would “at least we had today”.

A Free Therapist more Commonly Referred to as a Upland Hunting Dog

Some talking is just about everything we need to cure the blues of modern society. A bird dog is a great listener (for the most part). In fact there is hard science out there to back up the idea that a dog reduces human stress. Spending a morning hunting with your best friend is sometimes all it takes for a good hard reset on life’s problems.

We all find ourselves ranting to our dogs that look back at us with all the love and affection that is needed. Something a well paid therapist cannot replicate or pretend. This in of itself is why so many bird hunters often say their top reason for hunting is the dogs.

Last modified: May 31, 2017

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