By Brad Wilson - Guest Contributor
As a new duck hunting season approaches there are a ton of things that run through my head in preparation for what is to come in the next few months. Is the boat ready to go? Are the decoys rigged up? Did I make all the repairs on equipment that needed to be made? Last week I was out in the garage answering all these questions. I pulled out my old blind stool and sat down in it and started thinking about things. One question that kept coming back to me was WHY? Why do I go to the extents that I do to chase fowl?
Why do I spend the amount of hard earned money on this sport? Why do I wake up at 3:00 AM to run a boat for 30 minutes in 30 degree weather, trounce through marsh mud that rivals some of the deepest quicksand around, and then spend 45 minutes setting out decoys just to shoot some waterfowl?
Here is my top 10 reasons I do what I do to chase waterfowl.
10. The smell of gunpowder at sun up as a group of greenwing teal buzz the decoys.
9. I have a chance to be out on the water. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I have saltwater running through my veins!
8. Seeing a bird crumple in mid air after I pull the trigger on my Beretta A400 Xtreme!
7. Watching my yellow lab, Aeva, charge hard after that bird that just crumpled.
6. Enjoying a hot cup of coffee and a blind breakfast during that first lull.
5. Because duck breast, jalapeno, and cream cheese all wrapped in bacon and grilled tastes Mmmmmm Mmmmm GOOD!!!
4. Knowing that I am in GOD's country and I am doing what he intended for me to do.
3. I am able to share that blind with some of my closest friends.
2. I can spend time with my kids that I cherish so much.
And the number one reason I do what I do to chase waterfowl:
Passion! I have a passion for the outdoors and everything that it stands for. I have passion for sharing those times with my kids and friends. I have a passion for what God has graced me with.
I take this time to be thankful for those ten things and many others that I am afforded in this great nation and have been so graciously given by the Man upstairs.
So what is on your top 10 list?