To me a do it yourself hunter is just that, they do it all themselves. I started thinking about this more and more this weekend and I realized how much people rely on their local archery shop to put on their sights, arrow rests, cut their arrows, fletch them, and the list goes on. Now don’t get me wrong, I have been there and I am still learning to do most of this on my own. I’m not trying to bash on archery shops or saying that this is the best way. These are just my thoughts and reasoning behind why I have decided to be more independent and self reliant.
What if I am on a pack trip in the back country for a week and my peep pops out the first day? What if my d-loop comes untied? These and many other questions are some that roll through my mind regularly which has pushed me more and more to learn how to be more independent. When I started out, I relied heavily on my local archery shop for everything including arrows. I paid the little extra to have them cut and fletched for me. Now I do it all myself as well as other maintenance on my archery equipment and continue to learn more. This is not only to save money but to have the knowledge of being able to tackle whatever may happen while in the backcountry so I don’t have to drive for hours to the local archery shop in hopes that they aren’t hunting themselves. There is also a great feeling of accomplishment knowing that I have done it myself.
For me there is no greater feeling knowing that I do not have to rely on someone else. Being able to get done what needs to be done WHEN I need it done is very important to me. There is still quiet a bit of learning left to do but it will be worth it in the end for sure!