I’m excited this Monday morning to introduce you to another new contributor here on Wired To Hunt, Mark Huelsing of  SoleAdventure.com. Mark is an up and coming outdoors writer hailing from the Midwest and his unique perspectives and narratives truly speak to the hunter’s soul. I know you’ll enjoy what he has to bring to the table! – MK

You are a hunter.

You see things in nature that others, more specifically non-hunters, do not see.  You understand food in a different light.  You appreciate patience from a unique perspective.  You know life, breath, death, and blood, in way that a select few others can understand.

Most people in society assume that hunters enter the woods for simple reasons; they would equate the time that we spend afield with the time that a golfer spends moving from fairway to green.  They see our pursuit as some way for an otherwise busy man to find some type of rest and relaxation in the woods.

Some men bowl with their buddies.  Some men work on cars.  Some men hunt.  Right?

No, hunting isn’t just an activity.  In fact, when you stop and think about it, referring to hunting as merely a “hobby” is massively disrespectful to the sacred pursuit that hunters embark upon when they ethically, skillfully, and ardently enter into nature and embark upon the serious task of harvesting an animal.

Is the time that I spend in the woods an alternative to the time that some men spend pursuing other hobbies?  In a way, yes it is – the time I spend hunting is a welcome break from the busyness and routine of an otherwise conventional life.  But the story doesn’t end there.

Most people pursue activities to escape the life outside of them – work, stress, busyness, and boredom – but hunters pursue the hunt because of what is inside of them.

Many men enjoy hobbies, but few of them think about their hobby of choice each and every day.  Some men practice their hobbies, but few spend all year preparing for a short season of concentrated action.  Hardly any men will endure hours upon hours of what is seemingly futile monotony, because they know that they can find success in any moment, at any instant, though the experience may last for just a few seconds.

Hunters have understood, identified with, and connected with an innate passion that drives them to participate in this ancient chase.

I, like you, am not a hunter because I hunt.  Rather, I hunt because I am a hunter.

– Mark Huelsing is a regular guy with an irregular passion for bowhunting and the outdoors.  If he is not bowhunting, then he is planning towards it, training for it, and writing about it at SoleAdventure.com