Good evening everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall we have.
I have many traditions I like to do in the fall such as Thanksgiving with the family, going to apple orchards, drinking lots and lots of apple cider, eating lots of pumpkin & apple pies, and, of course, deer hunting.
Yeah, I know, I’m probably going to get spammed with comments like, “you’re evil for hunting,” etc, etc. I’ve heard it all before so don’t waste your broadband bandwidth telling me those things.
I’m going to try my best to explain deer hunting and what it really means to me.
Yes, it is about spotting that perfect buck and killing it for it’s meat. Venison is a fantastic meat and it cooks really nicely. It’s a lean meat too, so it’s better for you than that from cows. We usually have it made into Summer Sausage, steak, or even jerky!
But it goes beyond that. There are other aspects to deer hunting that I really enjoy the most. First off, there’s good male bonding time.
When I go hunting, I go with my dad. He’s an expert when it comes to the wildlife around and knows how to find it. But there is something about sitting in the woods, just watching the woods, waiting for that buck to cross your line of fire, listening to the wildlife around you, and just enjoying being around someone else who also enjoys the same things you do.
My dad told me that we might not see any deer this year (due to the, I presume, poor deer control management up on the island), but that’s ok. Just heading out into the the woods at 6 AM is something in itself to enjoy. Then we’ll watch the woods light up as the sun rises and listen to the woods calm down after the morning breeze. Then we’ll head on out around 9 or 10 AM and catch up on sleep. Then we’ll head out again later in the day and see what comes our way.
My dad and I will be sitting out there, in our deer blinds, in silence, listening for the deer to head our way. While we wait, we’ll probably have some quiet small talk or we’ll be messing around with our iPhone 4’s (Thank you Apple for bluetooth multiplayer gaming capabilities).
If you like hunting or you really enjoy nature, I encourage all of you to try deer hunting. Or, if that’s not your thing, get (or borrow) a deer blind and just go out and sit in the woods. You don’t need a gun to enjoy nature and everything around you.
If you do go out and hunt, be safe and responsible.
Enjoy the season everyone!