Students and staff find serenity through hunting

By Joe Thornton, reporter.

UNIVERSITY CENTER – The Michigan hunting season is well underway, and staff and students alike have found a way to relieve their stress through the sport.

Student Brandon Wardlow says he has fond memories of hunting and enjoys being able to go out to appreciate nature.

“My favorite part is in the morning, watching the woods wake up. You get out there early and you really get to see everything come to life as the sun rises,” says Wardlow.

Math professor Eric Wiesenauer has found that hunting gives him time to strengthen his faith and self-reflect.

“I don’t have a lot of time in my day where I’m able to clear my head and be static. I enjoy hunting because it forces me to be still and introspective. It gives me the opportunity to have conversations with God and get to know him better, as well as myself,” says Wiesenauer.

Wardlow advises new hunters not to go alone their first time, but rather tag along with someone who is more experienced.

“By going with someone who has gone hunting before, even if you aren’t the one behind the weapon, you’re going to be able to tell if you like it or not. Most times you won’t see any animals, but you’ll be able to learn a lot by watching someone else who knows what they’re doing,” says Wardlow.

Wiesenauer warns new hunters to be patient and not spend beyond their means.

“Odds are you aren’t going to shoot something every time you go hunting. Many times you won’t even see anything, so patience is important for hunters. This is the first year that I’ve ever gotten a buck and I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Wiesenauer.

Wiesenauer also encourages hunters not to go overboard with spending too much time and money.

“There is a plethora of hunting equipment, but you should set a limit on yourself beforehand and realize that it does take time. Spending a ton of money isn’t going to change that.” says Wiesenauer.

For anyone interested in obtaining additional information about hunting in Michigan, look to www.michigan.gov/dnr where there are calendars, license information and hunt applications.

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