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MY Hunting and Fishing bucket list

Who makes a bucket list?

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As we embark on a new hunting season I am filled with optimism. I hope to accomplish so much in my life and with hunting and fishing being such an important part of my life naturally, I have goals in accordance with those passions.

A bucket list is a list of things you want to accomplish before you pass on. They are deeply personal and unique. Yet, in the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, it’s easy to lose sight of the incredible adventures waiting to be embraced. That’s why I love the idea of a bucket list to act as a collection of dreams, goals, and desires that serve as a roadmap to a life well-lived. Our unique bucket list(s) is a testament to our individual thirst for adventure. It’s not just a list of extravagant goals; it’s a declaration of our intent to make the most of every moment, to explore, to learn, and to grow. So, whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or someone seeking a little more excitement in your everyday life, let’s try to use this as a powerful tool for transformation and fulfillment. It’s time to unlock your inner explorer, one dream at a time.

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I do want to preface that this is MY LIST, and most of the time while fishing or hunting I am looking for contentment. Most days my soul is full when my wife catches a fish or I’m with a buddy who harvests game. It’s the adventure and camaraderie I’m after. So yes, some of these things might seem superficial and maybe a stroke to the ego but they are MY goals in no particular order. Maybe you are content reading 100 books a year and don’t need an adventurous bucket list and that’s fine. 

Below is my “realistic” bucket list. If someday I become a hundred millionaire my list will change but here are some of the things I want to accomplish within my current physical, mental and economic state. You might have accomplished things on my list that are laughable. That’s cool. This is my list; I would love to hear what is on your list.

Photo by Tobi


  • 5 pound bass (Personal Best now, about 1 pound)
  • Fishing Bristol Bay Salmon and Trout
  • Patagonia/Chile fly fishing adventure. I would love to catch trout and golden Dorado. 

Photo by Peter Conlan

  • Saltwater Gamefish on the fly. I live in a landlocked state. The ocean is foreign and exotic to me. 
  • Help my son catch his first fish
Fishing is important in our lives.
  • Help my second son catch his first fish
  • Help others to find a passion for fly fishing (on-going)
  • Maybe guide


  • Archery 350+ bull elk
Photo by Andrew Ly
  • Big deep forked mule deer 4 point. Score doesn’t matter much but 180 sounds good.  
  • Sheep, of any kind
  • Bull Moose
  • Mountain Goat
  • Help my sons harvest their first deer
  • Pheasants in the Midwest
Photo by Jack Seeds
  • Sharp-tail grouse
  • River-bottom whitetail

I guess the next thing to do is to prioritize and set a game plan for these. Researching where they are and how difficult it might be to attain sounds like a good place to start. I can certainly harvest some sharp-tail in a weekend. I have all summer and many lakes to try and get a big ol’ bass. But, moose or sheep, those might take some planning both financially and logistically. 

As I reach my mid-life I fear I have a lot left to accomplish. That is both invigorating and depressing at the same time. I am so optimistic that these items seem like a wonderful adventure and will happen. Realistically, I get depressed because if I am able to checking off one per year, which is highly unlikely, I will be approaching 50. Mentally and spiritually I can accomplish all of these things. Physically and financially, I hope for all of these. Tomorrow is not guaranteed and health should never be taken for granted. Financially, if you want something bad enough you can make it happen. But what if you want 15 things bad enough? Some things can happen now and some things can happen eventually and some may never happen, and that’s ok. That doesn’t mean my life was a failure. 

What’s on your bucket list? Do you have one? 

  • Robert Gillingham, Founder of Karmik Outdoors and Persistent Dreamer