Far too often it is said that the real drink of the American Outdoorsman is beer, whiskey, rum, or some other alcoholic beverage. I will admit that on regular occasions those beverages are packed and consumed during the course of a week or maybe at some point throughout the trip but they are not normally the drink of choice. Any hunter or fisherman that is more concerned about drinking beer or getting drunk instead of actually chasing the fish or game they are pursuing is not a real outdoorsman in my opinion anyway. Just like in the book A River Runs Through It, beer is saved for when the trip is over. Never during and never before. Most hardcore outdoorsman I know stick to that motto firmly and enforce it when they can. There is one drink however that seems to be a staple no matter what fish I am casting for or animal I am hunting. As a matter of fact, if this drink isn’t packed in my backpack or tucked somewhere in a compartment in my boat, everything just falls apart. It’s a drink that is a harbinger of good times and trophy’s to be remembered. If you are thinking of what I am thinking, that drink would of course would be Mountain Dew.
On a day to day basis I do not drink any sort of pop, soda, coke, or whatever you prefer to call it form your neck of the woods. Water, coffee, or tea is about as wild as I get. When autumn comes and it’s time to hit the tree stand for early season white tails, a 20 oz Mountain Dew is sloshing in my backpack all the way to the stand. During the mid afternoon break at the local gas station to get some snacks and plan the evening hunt, another Mountain Dew finds will find its way back in my gear bag.
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