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Wake-up call not a bad thing.
Posted: 13 December 2014 08:28 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Who knew there were other things to do in November and December besides deer hunting? For probably the first time in my married life my wife has not been a deer season widow this year! I live in a part of the state where the deer herd has been decimated in the last five years for reasons that have been discussed at length on this and other sites, so I decided this year I wasn’t going to waste a lot of time watching squirrels during deer season. My family lives exclusively on deer meat, usually 2 a year, but I routinely find myself getting sucked into holding onto my tags until late in the season in hopes of scoring on a trophy. I don’t have a lot of great spots to hunt, in fact I have one very small, about 10 acres, private spot to hunt. So my trophy hopes are perhaps a bit delusional, and I decided this year to shoot the first 2 decent body-sized deer I got into range of my stand regardless of sex and secure our meat for the year and hang it up. Luckily enough that is exactly what I did. But what happened after that is what this post is about. I went to my kid’s Christmas concerts, I went to the Christmas tree farm with the whole family and brought home a tree, I went to town all gussied up and took family Christmas pictures, I woke up on Saturday and Sunday mornings with the kids and just hung out and watched cartoons and ate breakfast together with them. I got odd jobs done outside and inside that usually go undone. I was involved in my family! Needless to say I discovered that I have been missing out on quite a bit on all of those days I spent wet, cold, and miserable watching squirrels. I don’t like what has happened to our once great deer herd in this state, but I gotta tell you, I bet my wife and kids do!  Hmmmm,  food for thought.

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Posted: 13 December 2014 09:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Awesome post shag . Maybe we all should take a lesson from you.

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Posted: 13 December 2014 09:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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  Well I remember when you were allowed 1 deer period I killed one the first day of bow season and had to sit out the rest of the year, felt like the worst season of my life. Realized just the opportunity to be out in the woods was its own reward, not how many you saw or shot.

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Posted: 14 December 2014 09:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’ve been spending a lot more time at home myself.  My priorities change more the older I get.  The only people that really matter are the ones at home.  I love deer and deer hunting but in the end it’s not really that big of a deal.  The world is not gonna stop if I don’t kill a big buck.  Sometimes it’s more rewarding to just stay home and be dad

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Posted: 14 December 2014 12:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Exactly right Andy. And as Joe said I do relish every moment I get to spend out in God’s creation, but the older I get the more I start to question if I am making the wisest use of my time. As my kids get older I hope I can have the best of both worlds and spend quality time with them in the outdoors. As with most things I think balance and moderation is the key, and I know I am guilty of losing sight of that at times. I hope I can teach my children an appreciation for nature, the excitement of the hunt, and the ability to tune out that which distracts us from what is truly important in life.

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Posted: 14 December 2014 07:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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With deer numbers down and a new granddaughter, Ole grandpa has spent alot more time home:)Ive killed my share of kickbutt deer but i live now for that lil girls smile and laugh…Dont get me wrong i love too be in a tree on a cold nov am but my kids/grand-kids come way before hunting does…..

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