Hunting and fishing go hand in hand with country music, country boys and country girls.
As anyone who's hooked a big bass or displays a deer head above their mantle knows, the wait is worth it. But, whether you're wearing camo and sitting in a rickety tree stand or relaxing out on the water in a rickety fishing boat, you need some good mood music (in your headphones only! Don't want to scare the animals away ...).
Hunting and fishing songs are a dime in a dozen in country music, but there are several that stand out -- and we're in love with the following 10 tunes hook, line and sinker.
"Backwoods," the third single from Moore's eponymous debut album, became his second Top 10 hit, and it's not hard to see why. Any country music lover with a penchant for the backwoods will relate wholeheartedly to this song: "Rifle in a gun rack hanging in the back glass / Buck knife on my belt, ain't no land for sale 'round here," sings Moore. The song took 20 minutes to pen -- and with an uptempo beat, it can get any hunter fired up for another day (or night) out in the backwoods.
Currington's album Enjoy Yourself features one song he co-wrote on, "Bad Day of Fishin'," and the tune will make you smile even after ... well, a bad day of fishing.
"Didnt catch a damn thing / Guess you could say we took a lickin' / Tonight's fish fry is gonna taste like chicken," Currington sings. "But we did just fine, if I do say so myself / You know, a bad day of fishin' beats a good day of anything else."
A double-barrel 12-gauge sits above the mantle on a couple of rusty nails, and though it's worth a lot of money, Shelton sure isn't going to give it up -- because it's grandaddy's gun. The last track on Shelton's Based on a True Story ... album is one of the record's highlights. "Grandaddy's Gun" is one of Shelton's more personal and introspective songs; it showcases nostalgia in the form of a gun, and someday, Shelton sings, he'll give it to his son.
Can you catch a five-pound bass? Keen sings about it on his 1989 album, West Textures, and this tune is especially poignant if you're lacking a little confidence about catching anything -- because Keen is sure he'll catch a bass that's as big as a baby. With coffee and a honey bun in his stomach, a perfect spot among some old dead trees and a whole bunch of optimism, Keen does what he came to do: catch that five-pound bass.
"Been here all day / All I killed is a twelve pack," sings Bryan in this rather hilarious hunting song. As any avid hunter knows, sometimes the only deer you see is a green John Deere -- but even if that happens, it was still a good day ... even if your only target is empty beer cans -- and for some strange reason, they keep moving.
A lover, a dog, a rifle -- those are the three things you need to survive. "A Country Boy Can Survive" is synonymous with Williams' name. It was released as a single in January of 1982 and pays homage to the fact that country men and women are built of tough material -- and they don't care what you think.
"'Cause we're them old boys raised on shotgun / And we say grace, and we say Ma’am / And if you ain’t into that, we don’t give a damn," sings Williams.
They can skin a buck and run a trotline ... Can you?
Adkins' "Just Fishin'" received a Grammy nod for Best Country Song, and it's not hard to see why. The track is utterly heartwarming: It's a song about a father fishing with his daughter -- and so much more. They're not "just fishin'," as his sweet little girl thinks.
"And she thinks we’re just fishin’ on the riverside / Throwin’ back what we could fry / Drownin’ worms and killin’ time / Nothin’ too ambitious," Adkins reveals in the chorus, but they're actually making memories -- big ones and small.
Anyone who loves hunting can relate to Turner's "Backwoods Boy." He describes waking up at 5AM, putting on his camo, wiping off his .243 and firing up his Dodge. It's a familiar scenario for all hunters, and when they hear Turner sing, "If I'm here eight hours from now / It'll be okay, yeah," every hunter nods along.
The way to a country girl's heart? A late-night fishing trip. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had huge success with "Fishin' in the Dark" when they released it in 1987, from their record Hold On, and to this day, the song is as catchy as the day it dropped. The chorus brings sweet romance to a night on the lake: "You and me, going fishing in the dark / Lying on our backs and counting the stars / Where the cool grass grows."
Paisley sure knows how to make fans laugh, and "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" does just that. The tune is about a guy who's been given an ultimatum by his girlfriend: her or fishing.
His response? "Well, I'm gonna miss her / When I get home / But right now, I'm on this lakeshore / And I'm sittin' in the sun / I'm sure it'll hit me / When I walk through that door tonight / Yeah, I'm gonna miss her / Oh, lookie there, I've got a bite."
"I'm Gonna Miss Her" became Paisley's third No. 1 on the country charts, and it never fails to make listeners laugh out loud.