By Mark Kenyon
I started Wired To Hunt four years ago in a New York City cinder block dorm room as a way to maintain my sanity while being stuck in the big city away from my whitetail hunting obsession. Since then it has transformed into so much more than I ever could have imagined. Wired To Hunt has catapulted me towards the dream of a career in the whitetail world and today I’ve taken one more huge step towards achieving this goal. I’m proud to say that I’ve had my first article featured in a magazine!
If you’re a Quality Deer Management Association member you’re very familiar with “Quality Whitetails” – if not, it’s worth the $30 a year for membership just to get the magazine. Great publication. But I digress. The point of all this is that I’m very proud to say that my first article has been published in Quality Whitetails and the title is “The Key To Quality Deer Management Success”.
Now the title seems to be pretty straight forward – but the point of the article is actually much different than you might expect and I believe it’s applicable to any hunter – QDM or not. When you hear the “key to success” for QDM or big buck hunting or hunting in general, it’s habit to assume that you’ll hear about some new tactic, gear or insight into whitetail behavior. But the morale of my story is that maybe success in the hunting world is a little deeper than that.
Last year I found myself in a funk, almost a hunting depression of sorts, as I had put so much pressure on myself to kill a “good deer”. And when things didn’t go as planned, I felt worse and worse about my situation and myself. Finally, after many long and gloomy days in the treestand, I realized that the key to “success” was maybe not my entry + exit route, or the bow I shot, or the hours I spent on stand. Maybe the key to “success” is actually enjoying the little things, the time I got to spend with family, and the moments I had in nature.
All that being said, if you happen to recieve Quality Whitetails I hope you get a chance to check out the article and maybe you’ll be able to relate to some of the challenges and realizations I’ve had!
Thanks again for all of your support over the years here at Wired To Hunt – as you’ve been a huge part of my leap into the whitetail writing world! Hopefully you’ll be seeing more of me in magazines in the future.