Built Not Bought
Bear Hunting Magazine|September - October 2020
Built Not Bought
Extending satisfaction with self-built hunting preparations
Timothy Fowler

Hunting from a motorcycle smells different. Immediately. You smell what you’re driving through––fresh cut hay on a mid-summer road, composting leaves, and over-ripe berries in the fall, lavender, skunk, or the smell of a black spruce forest in the morning. If you ride, you know there is nothing like it. You feel the road’s surface when you’re on a motorcycle. If you don’t ride, trust me, there is nothing like it. The ease of acceleration, the elation of wind in your face and warm sun at your back, and the ability to maneuver with ease. Once you are comfortable on a motorcycle, it gets in your blood. Even when you put two wheels away for months or even years, it sneaks up on you and you find yourself in your truck, driving down a winding road, and before you know it, you’re dreaming of riding on two wheels.

John Schneider grew up riding his motorcycle from the home farm to the best hunting and fishing spots in his county. Even before he could legally drive, he was on his motorcycle with his hunting gear, off to the rabbit woods in autumn or a swollen summer creek nearby where the odds of landing a fish for dinner were in his favor. “Growing up, motorcycles were the biggest thing in my life. That’s how we got around, us kids. Before we were allowed to drive a car, we would drive everywhere on our motorcycles. From a young age, even though it was illegal, we were driving on the roads all the time with our motorbikes, because you could always just squirrel off into a field if someone came along. And that happened more than once. That was just a way of life. I grew up with motorcycles as far back as I can remember. My dad wasn’t a motorcycle guy but I just for whatever reason was, and it fit well with hunting when I was a kid,” said Schneider.

Then life unfolds, the motorcycle is put away or exchanged for kid’s toys and a lawnmower. It had been some decades since Schneider hunted from two wheels. And then, it snuck up on him.

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