Re: What keeps you going?
Been hunting with a flinter for about 40 years or so, killed some, missed more, Have had everything happen from dry ballin' to snappin' off a ramrod a mile or so from my truck (there ain't no 40" straight sticks in the woods LOL) but I keep going out because, well just because the Good Lord lets me keep doing it.
For me it is a great time to be outdoors, I don't mind the cold or the snow, freezin' rain can be a little nasty some days.
It is a great to spend time with like minded hunters, guys who don't worry about getting a deer themselves but will work their tails off just so someone in the gang gets a shot. Guys who will share anything in their possibles pouch, even lend another like minded flinter their rifle so the guy who is having problems can have success. Guys who will put the guy or gal who never got a deer in the best spots so they have the best chance to fill their tag. The comradeship is priceless.
When I hunt alone it is just nice to be able to sit and watch the Good Lords handy work all around you. Watch the different critters and how they go about their everyday lives. Many a time I have drawn a bead on a deer only to quietly say "bang" and be satisified that I was able to get close enough for a kill but let it walk to be hunted another day.
It isn't the kill, it's the hunt.
For those who fought for it, Life has a flavor the protected will never know.