Here in White Bird, Idaho, along the Salmon River, and near the walls of Hells Canyon, we have some of the most remarkable hunting in North America. In addition to your famous jet boat tours of Hells Canyon, Killgore Adventures offers guided hunting trips in the area. While our guides have been hunting for years, they’re still surprised by the things they learn every time they go into the field. We thought we’d share some of their wisdom and lessons they’ve learned while hunting.
THE VALUE OF PATIENCE
In our fast-paced, instant gratification world, it’s hard to remember to be patient. When in the front country, a simple swipe on your phone can have exactly what you want delivered right to your door in 24-hours. But while hunting in the backcountry, things move more slowly. You have to hike to your hunting spot. Then you have to move into your blind or find a place to set up. And then you wait. Much of hunting involves waiting and dedicating yourself to that experience of waiting. Only by being patient can you make a shot that can reward your patience.
FAILING WITH GRACE
There’s no denying that hunting is a challenging endeavor. Even when you feel like everything is “right,” there are still opportunities for you to fail. Your rifle may jam at a critical moment. Your boot might blow out 20 minutes into your day, or you might miss that perfect shot. In all of these moments, it’s important to remember that it’s ok to fail. Through failing, we learn about ways to improve our gear, our skills, and ultimately, ourselves. Plus, even if you fail to bring something home a few times in a row, the sense of accomplishment when you do make a successful kill later will be that much more exhilarating.
THE IMPORTANCE OF NATURE
As we build bigger houses and larger shopping malls, we’ve limited our connection to the natural world more and more. Taking time to immerse ourselves in the natural world and escape the confines of our concrete jungles allows for a chance to heal our minds and souls. Countless studies have found that regular exposure to nature can help to reduce feelings like anxiety, depression, and isolation. Even if your hunt ends up being unsuccessful, you’ll still be rewarded by spending time in nature and connecting with it in new ways. Each hunting trip is a chance to relax and unwind, while also experiencing a sense of renewed attachment to the natural world.
In our day-to-day lives, there are a million distractions. While hunting, you can’t afford to be distracted. Hunting teaches you how to focus on a singular task, a singular moment, a singular target. Clearing your mind of distractions allows you to effortlessly carry out the movements and techniques that help you successfully take down your target. The focus you practice while hunting comes with you back to your home and to work. It helps you identify the values and issues that matter most to you and your work.
THE MEANING OF HARD WORK
Nearly every aspect of hunting is hard in some way. It requires physical toughness to hike into the backcountry and pursue an animal. It takes mental acuity to remember the techniques and skills you need to track an animal and harvest it. It also involves carrying out hundreds, if not thousands, of minor tasks to get you to one major moment. By working hard, practicing those valuable skills, and not skimping out on even the most minor of details, you exponentially increase your chances of bringing home your prize.
GUIDED HUNTS IN IDAHO
If you’re ready to learn valuable lessons like these, as well as learn your own lessons while hunting, you can get started by booking a guided hunting trip with Killgore Adventures. We can help you pursue a variety of big game animals on our private ranch, for a hunting experience that is like no other. You’ll experience parts of Idaho that few others get to travel through, all while working with and learning from an accomplished hunting guide. Book your hunting trip with Killgore Adventures today.