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Amanda lay & Tess

Words could never do this story justice. Speaking as a new hunter, you have to experience it for yourself to truly comprehend what this is like.

At 35 years old, I finally experienced my first real hunting trip. And I didn’t even get a shot off. But let me just tell you, it was the most exhilarating encounter of my life.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go on this trip. Becoming reacquainted with Mother Nature. Witnessing SO many animals. Being SO close to them without them even knowing we were there. Getting to see them in all their glory, my goodness, I could go on forever.

Sitting in a blind with Tess was an experience all in itself. The wisdom and passion she has for the life of a huntress

runs deep in her blood. Not to mention the rush of being in such close proximity to her kill shot, how captivating! Seeing such a beautiful creature give its life so that we and so many others may continue on left me speechless and in complete awe. There are no words for the feelings and emotions that crashed over me that day. What I will say is this: I cannot wait until the next trip. I cannot wait for the opportunity to take my shot. I can only imagine the intensity of emotion I’ll have when I take the shot. When I track my animal. And even more so when I find it, pray over it, and thank it and God for the ultimate sacrifice in this circle of life.

It is so much more than a hunt. It’s target practice at the range. It’s great times with great friends and the blossoming of new friendships. It’s sitting around the campfire telling of adventures and listening to past stories. It is getting back to nature and talking to God. Most of all, for me anyway, it’s the spiritual connection to the animal you are hunting. True hunters don’t hunt for sport. They hunt with the intention of passing down traditions, keeping conservation alive, filling their freezers, and helping those who are not afforded the same opportunities. I have a far greater appreciation for hunting and hunters than I ever thought possible in my time on this earth.

If you’re ever given the chance, try it before you form an opinion. You may be surprised by what you learn and experience.

Written By: Amanda Lay

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