If you love hunting and fishing, there’s a pretty good chance you also love country music that glorifies your favorite pastimes. You won’t need a great voice like your favorite singer’s, but only a good sense of the beat to take you along on a sound trip. Here are my favorite country songs about hunting and fishing.
“Drinkin’ Beer And Wastin’ Bullets” is the tenth track in American country music artist Luke Bryan’s second studio album entitled Doin’ My Thing. It starts out with every hunter’s frustrating experience waiting for the target, “Out in the sticks with the squirrels and the ticks/ And my 30-06, I’m runnin’ out of Miller Lite/ Trucks in park, the dog won’t bark/ Couple hours till dark/ Wishin’ one would walk by/ Might as well left my gun in the gun rack/ Been here all day/ All I killed’s a twelve pack”. The refrain magnifies the frustration, telling the listener how frustrated the singer is that he’s away from his lady love because he’s out hunting, quite unsuccessfully, we might add, and just “Well I’ve been, sittin’ here, waitin’ on a deer/ Drinkin’ beer and wastin’ bullets”. The rest of the song pretty much encapsulates a frustrated hunter’s litany about going home with nothing. Well, nothing that a bottle of beer can’t fix, actually.
“The Five Pound Bass” is the 9th track in the album called West Textures by Robert Earl Keen, the Texas-based folk singer-songwriter. The album was released in the United States by American bluegrass and Americana record label Sugar Hill Records in 1989. The opening stanza talks about how an avid bass angler typically prepares to catch that elusive trophy, “ Up this morning/ Before the sun/ Fixed me some coffee and a honey bun/ Jumped in my pickup/ gave her the gas/ I’m goin’ out to catch a five pound bass”. The song also tells about how one feels when they catch the trophy, “That old sun is rising/ That water is clear/ I watch my lure as it’s flying through the air/ I see a ripple/ I hear a splash/ Lord have mercy, It’s a five pound bass.” Redemption!
“Bad Day Of Fishin’’ by American country artist Billy Currington is part of the fourth studio album Enjoy Yourself. The song tells us how incomparable a good day is even to a rainy bad day of fishing. This is expressed in the following lyrics, “Got up at dawn just to be out on the water/ Weather man said hot and gettin’ hotter/ But he didn’t say nothin ‘bout it rainin like hell (oh well)
A bad day of fishin beats a good day of anything else”. Yeah, nothing ever gets a diehard angler down, not even a bad day of fishing.
American contemporary country music singer and actor Joshua Otis “Josh” Turner signed with MCA Nashville Records in 2003. The song Backwoods Boy is on the B-side of his debut album Long Black Train. The song starts easy enough on a positive note, which is something that all hunters really feel at the start of an exciting day in the woods, “Woke up at 5am/ an’ put on my camouflage/ Wiped off my .243 and fired up my Dodge/ Headed out to my ol’ deer stand back in the pines”. The song also highlights how hunters are true to their heart. There’s a bit of sentimentalism in the heart of a backwoods boy, after all.
The catchy song Fishin in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was released as part of the album Hold On, which came out in 1987. It talks about how fishing can easily capture a girl’s heart. The chorus says it all, “Down by the river in the full moon light/ We’ll be fallin’ in love in the middle of the night”. Who says fishing and love don’t mix?