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Wilderness offers executive time to plan
by Tim Delaney, Progress Editor
May 03, 2012 | 838 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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You could say Clent Rawlinson lives in the future when he is perched in a tree out in the middle of brush or rangeland.

Rawlinson lives in Houston, currently, and is vice president of International Sales and Operations for National Oilwell Varco.

But he grew up in Calliham, attended school in Tilden and transferred to Three Rivers as a freshman to play football.

He also has lived overseas for about eight years.

“Sometimes, I wish I was back in Calliham,” he said.

At his work in and out of Houston, he said not much time is available to plan strategy where he wants to take the business and to open up new countries for future business.

“When you’re at work, it’s high stress, living in an airplane, eating at a restaurant, on the run. You don’t have a lot of time for strategy or to think about staying on top of things,” he said.

Since he was a boy, he has always enjoyed hunting. First he used guns, but later he discovered he really loved using a bow.

“When I am out hunting, I tend to be more relaxed and don’t feel pressure to come up with an answer,” he said.

The love of hunting, especially with a compound bow, and at times a longbow, transcended into a tool for Rawlinson.

When he goes on a hunt, the experience also serves as a time to plan and devise strategic planning.

His method of planning was featured in the Houston Business Journal the week of March 9-15 in an article about what executives do for relaxation.

He recalls two favorite hunts of all the hunts he’s been on, and he has been on numerous hunts in the United States and in Africa.

He was on a hunt on the Sharr Ranch in Goliad County. The year was 2010.

He perched himself in a tree and sat quietly for about an hour-and-a-half when a 164-inch whitetail deer appeared.

Rawlinson said the deer was a free-range animal, not behind a high fence.

“Nobody had seen the deer on the ranch,” he said.

He used his 70-pound compound bow as the animal got close enough.

“It’s unusual to kill a dear that size,” he said.

Rawlinson shocked those on the ranch with the trophy.

His second unforgettable hunt was in Africa. That trip was his first to the huge continent.

Still using a 70-pound compound bow, he couldn’t believe he was on a hunt in Africa.

“I had been in Africa but not in the wilderness. It looked a lot like South Texas, but when a Rhino walks in front of you and the zebras are calling, you realize you’re not in Kansas anymore,” he said laughing.

“An African hunt had been a dream of mine since I was a little boy. A lifelong dream had come true.”

That hunt resulted in five animals; two warthogs, an impala, a blue wildebeest and a nyala.

Rawlinson said he life-size mounted the nyala for his ranch loft.

He also said hunting in Africa is affordable.

“A trip to Africa is as cheap as a really good elk hunt in the United States,” he said.

He explained that the difference between hunting with a gun and a bow is that you have to get closer with a bow.

“You tend to watch a lot more – be 20 to 30 yards away. It makes me a lot more careful about my planning, and you tend to see a whole lot more than you normally do.”

He explained that you have to have more patience to bow hunt.

“I recommend everyone to try it. The emphasis is on the hunt instead of the kill,” he said.

“Bow hunting has made me a better hunter.”

But Rawlinson said he wanted to make it clear that he was not against gun hunting.

Rawlinson is not only a better hunter, he is a better planner, and he said that’s helped him in his business.

“The time you spend in camp with friends and family, and the camaraderie all comes with it.”

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