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The first time we drove up to my friend’s hunting camp, we decided to take one truck in order to save on gas. We left late in the afternoon the day before our hunt actually started, so that we could also take advantage of the early rise the following morning.

My friend drove north along the river on its winding roads and as he looked around during our two-hour trip, he had a gift for spotting every deer found along the tree line and in the open fields. Even the ones that were quite far away, as time went on and dusk was nearing, they became more difficult to spot but not for his trained eye.

In North America the majority of us have become so dependent on our grocery stores to provide us with food that we have lost some of these basic skills that I believe are still extremely important.

In Haiti after the massive earthquake struck in 2010; shelter, water and food became some of the most important life saving necessities. In situations like these money was now just paper and what mattered most was getting food.

When disaster strikes or in any emergency situation having basic skills is what saves lives. Basic skills like being able to spot game for means of feeding a family, a group or yourself is critical.

For me today spotting game is just one of the components of a sport that I Love so much but it is a skill that I am constantly trying to improve. Whether it is during hikes with my family or driving along country roads, I am always looking for life.

I have seen deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, coyote, ducks, grouse and geese all from my vehicle during late afternoon or early morning drives. I have spent thousands of hours learning wild game, where and when you are most likely to see them.

Knowing their habits and what to look for, such as various shades of color or their movements and understanding the land, vegetation used for cover or the proximity of water.

Practice makes perfect indeed, once you have studied the right material now comes the time to practice, go for a drive or next time you are out in nature add some flavor to your outing and look for game and ultimately life. The safest practice on the road is to have someone else drive for you, so that you can focus on looking for game.

Many of us have seen wildlife before, sometimes they are in plain sight or in some cases you had to look a little harder. In time you will have mastered the gift of seeing game and it may even become instinctive, you will know exactly what you are looking for and catch it with your eyes even before your mind registers it. Almost every time, almost.

Until then see you!

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