It has been a while since I have of posted so I hope everyone has had a great bowhunting season to this point and your freezers are filling up. I have had some great outings this year some of which were successful and some that weren't. One thing that really has sunk into my head this year is the fact that the kill on a hunt just isn't as important as it once was. Oh don't get me wrong, I love to harvest animals with my bow as much as the next guy but what really matters to me is the experiences and the memories that you gain along the way. My first trip of the year was a Nebraska antelope hunt with three really good friends. Two of us hunted one property and the other two hunted a separate piece. We hunted hard all week and although I didn't shoot an antelope they were successful I couldn't have been happier. That will remain one of the greatest hunts I have been on because of the guys I was with. We enjoyed returning to camp after hunting our butts off all day walking endless amounts of miles to share our daily adventures over a cold beer. On my way home Matt and I made one quick stop to check on a buck I had been after all season and wouldn't you know we found him with his 14 does. Three hours later he made a mistake and walked over the hill leaving his does and came right to the base of the hill we were hiding behind and gave me a perfect 35 yard shot that I made good on. Sharing the moment with a best friend was special!
Deer season was great for our family this season as Zach killed a nice early season buck and I sat in the stand with my daughter Maddie and watched her make a perfect shot on a fat young velvet buck as well. With the warm weather in early October I decided to make one more trip to the Missouri R. bowfishing when I got a call from Zach telling me "dad I just shot the big one!". Though I wasn't there to share in the recovery that phone call was worth so much.
Every year I take a week to a week and a half and go to the cabin for the rut. This year my buddy Dave and his two boys joined the usual crew. We hunted hard during warm temps and persistence paid off as several deer hit the ground including a whopper that Dave connected with. My 80 year old dad also connected on a nice 2 1/2 year old 4x4 and although that deer wasn't the biggest it meant the world to me to be able to see him still get it done with a bow. Although we killed some deer what I really loved was the time spent with friends and family doing something that we all have passion for. The nights in the cabin sharing stories and telling jokes is something that made is so memorable. I am so lucky to have an understanding wife that allows me to take the time away from home to experience these adventures. Thank God for Fall, Friends and Family!!
Harlin Welch has been an NBA member since 1990 and has been bowhunting for nearly 30 years. He has two children Zach and Madison that share his passion of bowhunting. Harlin has been married to Kara for 20 years and she allows him to pursue small game, fish and big game with his bow year round.