This past weekend, I was FINALLY able to spend some time outdoors and go hunting!
It was a great time all around, but nothing like I expected.
Time is never wasted for me when it is spent outdoors, even if I don’t harvest from my hunts, which unfortunately I didn’t harvest any animals this time around.
BUT that’s okay!
I still enjoyed every second I spent out in the mountains.
Me and Damond took a day trip to the Manzano Mountains which is about 45 minutes to an hour away from us.
We went to hunt quail.
Have you ever had quail? I have only had it a few times, but I do enjoy it! The first time we hunted and killed a quail, we had no clue how to cook it, so it didn’t turn out that good. (we baked it in the oven, but the best way we’ve found to cook it is to grill it!)
The way you cook and prepare wild game truly makes a difference in the taste of it!
This time last year, the mountains were COVERED in snow and there was quail flying all over the place!
But, this year, it was the total opposite! The weather was so warm and sunny. There was not a sight of any snow.
It honestly felt like spring. (Damond says Summer, I say spring.)
We saw lots of coyote tracks, some deer tracks, and a ton of bear droppings. (we were so confused because shouldn’t bears be hibernating this time of the year?!)
The views and fresh mountain air was wonderful!
I was able to snap a lot of nice photo’s of our gorgeous views, but we left empty handed which was a little disappointing and we were kind of hoping for snowy weather and more sights of wild animals. (We didn’t even see a squirrel :/ )
Damond went back for round two on Sunday with some friends. I decided to stay in and catch up with my “adulting duties”. (i.e. Laundry, meal prep,cleaning)
He turned up empty handed again, but that is okay!
Hunting is so much more than just running around and killing everything you see…
It is FAR more complicated, challenging, and peaceful than you would think if you have never been hunting.
As a hunter you have to accept that there will be many hunts that you do not harvest, and you have to accept many days and miles passed where you won’t even catch a glimpse of any kind of animal. (Let alone the one you drew for and are looking for)
But like I said, hunting isn’t always about the kill. It’s about growth, PATIENCE, learning the ins and outs of the land, and learning all you need to know about the animal you are hunting.
I’m fairly new to the hunting game, as I’ve only been introduced to the hunting life about two years ago. I’ve yet to harvest anything, and yet I have never felt like any time spent hunting has ever been a waste of time.
I was just happy to get away from the world for a little bit. I loved the sunny and warm weather. I missed the fresh mountain air, and I missed just walking around, trekking up and down hills, and crossing streams.
I love the stillness and peacefulness of the mountains and outdoors and it was a complete joy to just enjoy that!
Next exciting hunt for us is Spring Turkey!
If we have time one of these weekends, we would like to go coyote hunting. But I’m ready for spring turkey to roll around!
I look forward to all of my future hunting endeavors, because I know I will always come back feeling refreshed and will have learned something new!
Thanks for stopping by! Come back and visit soon for more hunting blogs!
Until next time, happy campers 😉