PSE’S Jared Bloomgren The Spot and Stalk
By Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren
My passion when it comes to hunting is the obvious spending time afield learning all that I can about my prey. I am very proud of being a “Do It Yourself” bowhunter and have taken many trophies off of public land many miles away from habitation, trails and/or road networks. My preferred method of hunting is that of SPOT & STALK. When mastered, this type of hunting is the most rewarding in itself! But in my eyes spotting & stalking can never be fully mastered; I learn something after every stalk I do. I learn more and better ways to get the job done with a successful ending. Maybe this is why I have become so successful at this technique?
Spot and stalking is the most challenging way to hunt any wild animal. It is a form of hunting that pits your knowledge directly against that of your prey on their terms. You are now in their living room and they will pick you apart if you give them a chance. They know what is supposed to be there, you know that you must stay hidden, patient, and focused to complete what you are there to do. My senses sharpen and time seems to slow down while in this situation. You both have the exact opposite view on the situation, your job is to complete the stalk with a successful shot, theirs is to remain alive for another day. One of my most favorite quotes is from M.R. James, the founder of Bowhunter Magazine – “Getting close to game undetected and maintaining self control while delievering a well placed shot are the true keys to bowhunting success.”
Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren is a hardcore Do-It-Yourself bowhunter who strives to better himself each year in the outdoor community. As a professional hunter, freelance writer and photographer, he likes to relive his outdoor adventures through written expression and photography making the reader feel as if they were along on the hunt. He attributes much of his success to the vital education he has learned from the various big game animals that he hunts. He is quoted as saying, “In each and every hunt, success or defeat, I learn something from every outing and that I can put in my arsenal of knowledge to use at a later date, a later date that will again put my wits against that of my prey.”