Instead, they opt to experience different areas, all within a six-hour drive from central Indiana.
“And besides,” he added, “it’s easier on the wallet.”
Another advantage of these types of trips is ease in planning.
“Everyone is so busy that pinning them down a year in advance is hard,” Cranor explained. “We have planned some of our trips inside of two or three weeks. Some of our impromptu hunts have turned out to be the most fun.”
But, what Eubank and Cranor both know, is that any true hunting adventure is about much more than the game they seek.
“Even if I come home with nothing, I don’t really care,” they both said.
What they are doing is enjoying the great outdoors in an area maybe they’ve never been before, reachable by a tank or two of gas. They sit around a crackling campfire with family or friends, sipping drinks and trying to figure out a new land.
It sure beats staying home, sitting in the same few tree stands all fall and hoping to win the lottery!
John Martino is the Tribune’s outdoors columnist. He may be reached by email at email@example.com.