|Cameron Hanes sharing his experience at Bass Pro Shops Fall Classic in Rancho Cucamonga.|
Hunting stories are something I live for. The preparation, hard work, gear and actual hunt make for some great conversation. Anyone who has attended a hunting seminar knows that somewhere in the midst of sharing about whatever topic they are discussing, the speaker goes into a hunting story. Saturday afternoon was no different as I traveled to the Bass Pro Shops Fall Classic to attend another seminar by Cameron Hanes. Sure, I had a few
As with any Cam Hanes seminar, it was standing room only by the time it kicked off at noon. We had arrived early and I was fortunate to grab a seat in the second row with my friends Cody, John and John's sister Barb. The front row was full of kids eagerly awaiting a glimpse of the legend. One of the things I really admire about Cam (and he does this every time), is that prior to the start of the seminar he goes up to the kids in the front row to say hello and shake their hand. The sheer happiness these young hunters shared was contagious and it carried throughout the seminar.
One of the things I truly enjoy about Cam's seminars is that he doesn't showboat, shares his mistakes, and is very humble. I also like the fact that he does share his long range (160 yards with a bow) practice videos, his intense hunts (spot and stalk grizzly) and that he works his tail off to get to do what he loves. It was a great seminar full of positivity, encouragement, and some rad hunting footage. Great job, Cam and thanks again for sharing what you have learned. I sure hope you don't have to pass on any more monster bulls on opening day!
For the next couple hours I walked around trying not to buy everything I wanted. Actually, I was very good and looked at plenty, but only picked up what I needed. It is a personal accomplishment when I can walk out of BPS having spent less than $50. Score!
As I wandered the camouflage apparel, one of my blog readers introduced herself. Maggie comes from a hunting family and is eager to get more involved in bowhunting, not only for herself, but also for her two boys. Her enthusiasm could not be contained as she shared her history and eagerness to be in the woods. We each shared a few stories and I learned a few things about the surrounding area and some good places to get some pre-season hiking or running in. Thanks for the advice, Maggie! Best of luck this year to you and your boys!
Now that my SoCal deer season is only 32 days away, I am going to be stepping up my training. To be honest, there has been very little training the past few months. I'll be sharing why in future post, but for now just know that I am going to be working hard by putting sneaker to pavement, bike tires to trail and boot rubber to the mountains. There is great motivation in talking with fellow bowhunters and I plan on harnessing that motivation and getting mountain ready. Well, as ready as I can be.