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Mentally Tough Hunters (Part 2)

The 48-Hour Solo

When I was going through college, I was exposed to a school in the Bahamas called, The Island School

This school is for students who are looking to get unique curriculum and hands-on learning experiences.

One of the wonderful qualities of this school is the 48-hour solo.

The 48-hour solo is when students are dropped off on an island by themselves for a chance to have sincere reflection and time spent alone.

For many teens this would not sound fun.

However, what is interesting to me is how much transformation takes place after the 48 hours of being alone.

Here is what one of the students had to say.

“The next morning, we started our solos. Solo was one of the biggest challenges I have experienced at The Island School so far. We were alone for 48-hours, and I chose not to accept the small food rations and see if I could subsist on nothing but the coconuts I could harvest. It was a challenge of the body and the mind, as I experienced the effects of minimal food and the vulnerability that comes with being truly alone. I am confident that I learned new things about myself, and I also experienced a couple profound emotional realizations, which I believe surfaced in my mind as a result of the time, space, and circumstances in solo.”

For a teen to have a “profound emotional realization” is music to my ears.

Not only has that teen most likely experienced personal growth, they will impact many others who they surround themselves with.

So, you might be thinking.

What does this have to do with hunting?

It has to do with what happens during the 48-hour solo

Which is,

A moment when you are unplugged from your phone.
With the age of technology, our phones have become a part of us in many ways.

Whether it be using it for social media, emails, hunting apps, and so on.

Those are all things that can be useful for us to some degree.

But there is such a thing as over-indulgence.

Which brings me to the reason for writing this entire article.

And that is,

To find moments outside of hunting (the off-season) where we can immerse ourselves in the outdoors without our phone-especially by ourselves.

A moment to have to ourselves with creation.

Moments such as:

  • Scouting
  • Setting game cameras
  • Shed hunting
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing

Having a period of time without the stimulation and artificial light from our phone, allows us a chance to reconnect with our inner most selves.

Connecting with our innermost selves, helps us reflect on what really matters and what is significant in life.

Then, when we come back from our time spent without our phone, we can have better control of how much usage we give it.

Therefore, giving more time to things like shooting our bow, spending time with family, exercising, reading and learning, paying it forward and helping others, and so on.

All of which, will raise the odds of enhancing your physical, mental, and spiritual health.

And since your health is better, you will most likely experience more hunting opportunities.

What are you waiting for?

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