Have you ever sat waiting at the forest entrance for a friend to meet up, only to have him or her flake, realizing that could’ve been time spent in the stand? When it comes to picking those you choose to go hunting with, it is not always easy, as you might both be great friends and you might both hunt, but that doesn’t mean you’re well-suited hunting partners. Below, we highlight the top five character traits to look for in a hunting partner, so the next time you go hunting, you might rethink who you take.
Making sure you and your hunting partner share a similar level of passion is important. If you only want to spend the morning calling gobblers and are ready to grab a burger by noon, make sure that your buddy doesn’t expect to call them from dawn to dusk. Or conversely, it’d be wise to make sure that your partner doesn’t plan on walking up on you in the stand ready to go after just a few hours. Finding someone with equal passion is key.
Making sure your hunting partner shares your level of passion in all regards is advantageous. It is not fun hunting with someone who makes it seem like you do all the work, whether it’s planting food plots, scouting or obtaining permission for private grounds.
While it’s key to have a hunting partner that is equally passionate, bringing someone that is a team player is great, too. Avoid bringing someone who is only interested in their hunt and their experience. You will be much better off taking someone who gets just as excited about helping you bag that boss gobbler as they would if it were theirs to tag.
Have you ever had to remind someone to renew their tags before hunting? A hunting partner that is well-prepared could save you a lot of time and hassle. If someone is consistently making you drive back to town to grab their tags, shells, harness or even their gun because they forget, it might be time to start taking someone who isn’t costing you gas money or time.
Mentoring is something everyone should do as often as possible; however, while it is great to teach and pass along proper field technique as a mentor, sometimes you want to be behind the bow or gun. On the days when you do, making sure your partner is self-sufficient and capable in the woods can make for a more enjoyable hunt. Many hunters mentor early in the season and hunt on their own later when hunting can be more challenging.
This one is self-explanatory but also can’t be emphasized enough; having a hunting partner that is punctual will make for a better day the woods. Whether you’re meeting somewhere to carpool or if you’re meeting at the forest entrance, having a partner who is rarely on time can almost always ruin the hunt.
We all have that relative or friend who won’t let you live down the fact that they shot more doves than you, that is impatient after only two hours in the woods or always forgets a must-have item needed for a hunt; sometimes you have to go hunting with these people because you love them, but more often than not, you get to decide who you choose to take into the woods. Hopefully, these five character traits provide some insight on making your time in the woods with a hunting partner more enjoyable.