1 outdoorsman’s honest perspective of Auction Hunts

It’s very easy to become jealous in this world.  We all are guilty of it sometimes & for some reason there are always a few people who let this erode their respect for fellow outdoorsmen.  For those of you that know us personally, you know we aren’t wealthy folks or born into a plethora of money, nor do we criticize those who are blessed with these resources. 

Now to the point!

Below is a post we recently found on CouesWhitetail.com that is probably one of the most truthful & humbled posts we have seen by a fellow outdoorsman:

“This is a post that I have wanted to make for several days; ever since reading the thread about Alan Hamberlin’s 410 bull. I am starting this new thread because I do not want to detract from all the well deserved congratulations in the other thread.

I have no idea who Alan Hamberlin is or how he was able to afford a governor’s tag. It’s really not of interest to me. If I wanted to know more about him I would Google his name…I really don’t care. What I do care about is the great, yet rapidly eroding, economic basis of our country. Americans have the right to spend there money however they wish within the constraints of the law; it is really nobody’s business how Alan Hamberlin chooses to spend his. The concept that it is not fair that he was able to purchase this tag is very offensive. It falls right in line with our president who wants a redistribution of wealth because it is fair! This is crap!

LIFE IS NOT FAIR. Some people are born into money, others earn it, others never have much. Some people are born into health, others never have it. Some people are born white, black, brown, short, tall, male, female…it’s just the way it is.

I have a friend who was not able to apply for elk this year because of his personal financial situation, is it fair that others were able to pay for their tag? For the first time in my adult life I bought a bonus point for Big Horn instead of paying for my chance at a tag. I just don’t have the money this year after draining our savings on an undiagnosed nueroligical condition my daughter has…its not fair, but it is what it is. I do not hold spite for those who drew a tag, I just hope they post pictures and stories for all of us to enjoy.

I have been blessed with a lifetime of hunting memories that I cherish. I have hunted with friends who struggle to come up with enough money for a license and ammunition, and others who have purchased governors tags or other similar auction tags. The memories are sweet because of the people, the animals, and the outdoors, not the money.

If you have money, good for you. I think it is great when you spend it on things that make my hunting better. If you are not into hunting, spend some of it on something you desire, and keep our economy pumping. If you don’t have money for the things you desire, I hope you find a way to earn the money, or find a way to be content with what you have.

Many with money are very generous. Thank you Bill and Melinda Gates for your generous educational foundation. Thank you Don Diamond for your support of the Diamond Childrens Medical Center in Tucson. Thank you Larry Potterfield for your support of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Thank You Alan Hamberlin for your support of hunting and wildlife in Arizona”   Pine Donkey

Here is the link: CouesWhitetail.com Life isn’t Fair

One thought on “1 outdoorsman’s honest perspective of Auction Hunts

  1. Al Quackenbush

    Excellent post guys! This is so true and I have only encountered this attitude a few times, but it’s sad that many people are like that. If people want to pour their well earned cash into a tag, let them. Some of us choose not to spend lots of money and do everything the hard way, but that’s our choice. Pine Donkey hit the nail on the head with this one. Kudos for posting it!


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