I stumbled across a news article the other day that caught my eye since hunting seasons are closing in most areas. Basically it says that those of us who are the least successful in the field…get the most practice. It makes sense if you think about it. If you don’t fill a tag, you keep at it. You continue to study the wildlife and the surroundings, you hone your skills, and you’re more skilled the next time you head out. A few years ago, I was spending a lot of time in a tree stand waiting for whitetails. I had some good areas picked out, but I never released an arrow in the first half of the season. I saw plenty of deer; that wasn’t the problem. I just didn’t want my season to end. I enjoy every aspect of “the chase,” and I’d rather risk eating tag soup than not have a reason to go out whenever I can. So, if you didn’t fill all your tags this year, my hat is still off to you. In fact, there’s a good chance you’re a better hunter because of it. —Ben