So… Here is the deal… I met this amazing woman about a year ago who loves to hunt!! This year, we put in for an elk tag together and to our surprise… We got a BULL ELK tag in a very desirable unit!! We found a weekend to go scouting, so off we went. We found a pretty decent spot to start glassing. An hour later, we didn’t see anything, so I figured it was a good time to find another spot. But my woman was still sitting there glassing behind her spotting scope. Out of respect, I sat there some more, ate a sandwich, and waited for her to call it and move somewhere else. Another hour gone by, she was still sitting there… I tried to suggest that we should find another spot, but she didn’t budge. She kept glassing and I was getting antsy. It was obvious that there’s nothing around here and there was a couple more spots I wanted to check out before dark. But she said she’s not done looking at the place yet. At the end of the day, we only scouted one other spot. I felt the day was completely wasted!!
We are going again this weekend, what do I do to convince her to maximize our time without ending up as a mount myself?
Dear Frustrated Hunter,
I think we have all been in a situation like you are describing while out hunting with a new person. Sometimes hunting styles just don't mesh like you thought they would, and the old mantra of "I have always done it this way." takes hold and people are unwilling to change. Whether either style is correct will always be up for debate, but I take a lot of cues from predators in the wild when I hunt, I mean I have never seen a lion sit on top of a hill for days if there is no prey in the area. As hunters we should never stop learning, nature is ever changing and we should be as well.
The biggest tip I can give you for the situation you are describing is to divide and conquer. If you know your hunting partner likes to sit and glass all day drop them off at a good vantage point and go explore. Cover ground and maybe find a better vantage point for them to sit on the next day. Neither hunting style is wrong in certain situations, but being able to do both at the same time can double your chances of finding what you are looking for!
Good hunting partners don't grow on every tree and once you find someone you get along with even if your hunting styles, may be a little different, doesn't mean you can't adapt and overcome. Adaption will, in the long run, make you a better hunter!
I hope this helps!
Jake’s Gear Choices for run and gun glassing:
On days that I want to cover ground and see a lot of country quickly, I carry our Tall Tripod with the Center Post Extension. On top of that I run a Pistol Grip head with our Panner and a pair of 12x50 binoculars. This set-up allows me to search country quickly but effectively.