I grew up in the Australian country and have been hunting for as long as I can remember. Most of my hunting when I was younger was with a rifle. That has now changed and my rifles don’t see the bush much any more, and for the last 5 years I have focused solely on bowhunting.
Hunting with a bow is an amazing challenge both physically and mentally. Due to the decreased effective range of a bow you have to get much closer to your quarry. For me this makes it a far more personal experience and more rewarding if I do harvest an animal.
For me though it is not about killing, it is about being in the bush and respect for the animals I hunt. It is also the thanks for their sacrifice so I can provide for my family. It is also knowing I am in some small way helping reduce the feral animal population, so our native animals and flora can flourish.
Hunting is a way for me to be apart of the "circle of life" and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the bush. I am older now, I have started my own family and added to my own circle of life and I long to experience those senses again and introduce them to my kids with the hope they enjoy this magnificent country as much as I.