Several weeks ago, I told Elaine that I had a feeling that I would kill a gobbler on opening day of the Virginia season. Well, that feeling turned out to be pathetically wrong as not only did I not tag one on Saturday, I also never even saw one. Heck, I never even had one answer my hen calls.
Over the years when I have had a feeling that I would do well while hunting or fishing, those feelings have been overwhelmingly correct. Conversely, many times I have lacked confidence when going afield, either because of weather conditions or the belief that I did not understand what my quarry was doing. And, overwhelmingly when I had those negative feelings, my day afield has not been successful.
I don't believe that having strong feelings of future success is indicative of cockiness nor do I feel that having negative feelings is indicative of undue pessimism. In both cases, I believe that it was logical to believe the way I did. I wonder whether I will feel confident or pessimistic when I hunt gobblers before school on Monday morning.