North America is home. Despite all the globe-trotting I’ve done, I don’t think there’s anything that gets me as excited as a nice whitetail buck! These past few years I’ve had a wonderful time trying to outwit the whitetails on our little place in Kansas. Usually they win, but I got a really nice buck there in the 2013 archery season…and I was just as excited as if it had been a big buffalo or a Marco Polo sheep!
Here in North America we are incredibly fortunate to have the best system of game management in the entire world, with more hunting opportunity for the average person than exists anywhere else in the world. But North America is no different than the other continents. It’s a big place, so how can you compare whitetail hunting in Kansas with hunting elk in the Rockies, or sheep in the Yukon, or the big bears in Alaska? Of course you can’t…but it’s all good, and it’s all part of our amazing North American hunting scene and tradition.
It is true that my lifelong wanderlust has prevented me from spending as much time hunting North America as I really wish I had. Some of the northern game, like sheep and big bears, were amazingly affordable when I was a lot younger and are nearly out of reach today. Now in the later years of a long hunting career I realize that hindsight is totally clear…there are quite a few places where I wish I’d spent more time when I could have! Hunting a polar bear is certainly one of them, and is probably the number one adventure on my North American bucket list! But I have been fortunate to spend quite a bit of time in western Canada and Alaska, certainly some of the world’s most beautiful wilderness. Well, come to think of it, I’ve enjoyed some great hunts in almost (but not quite) every part of North America, from the jungles of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to Canada’s High Arctic. It’s all good, and in so many cases our North American hunting today is actually better than it was when I was a kid. There truly is no place like home!