Tuesday, August 28, 2007


DEER HUNTING
PA CHRISTIAN WOULD ALWAYS LAUGH AND SAY "I SURE WOULD LIKE TO EAT SOME OF THAT DEER YOU KILL". HE THOUGHT IT LUDICROUS THAT HIS LITTLE GRAND DAUGHTER WOULD BE INTERESTED IN DEER HUNTING.
THE YEAR AFTER PA DIED, I GOT MY FIRST ONE AND I ALWAYS WISHED I COULD HAVE DONE IT THE PREVIOUS YEAR.
DURING MY TWENTIES AND THIRTIES, MY LITTLE BROTHER WOULD DRAG ME UP ONE HILL AND DOWN ANOTHER. OF COURSE HIM BEING SIX YEARS YOUNGER MADE IT EASIER FOR HIM.
ALSO, I DID NOT HAVE THE ARM STRENGTH TO USE A BAKER TREE STAND SO I BOUGHT THIS STAINLESS STEEL WHICH HAD ONE SECTION FOR YOUR FEET AND THE OTHER ONE YOU SAT IN FACING THE TREE. YOU WOULD STAND UP AND PULL THE SEAT UP AND THEN SAT DOWN AND PULL YOUR FEET UP. LIKE A GIANT INCH WORM.
OF COURSE THIS WAS THE ERA WHEN IT WAS NOT FASHIONABLE FOR WOMEN TO HUNT AS IT IS NOW. I WAS JUST FULFILLING MY TOMBOY ROOTS.
NO ONE HAD WANTED A GIRL WHEN I WAS BORN AS THEY ALREADY HAD A FOUR YEAR OLD GIRL. THEREFORE, ALL MY LIFE I HEARD HOW DISAPPOINTED THEY WERE THAT I WAS A GIRL SO I TRIED TO MAKE UP FOR IT AND ALL THAT WISHING ME A BOY MADE ME LIKE TO DO BOY ACTIVITIES RATHER THAN PLAY WITH DOLLS.
ALL THE TIMES, MY BROTHER DRUG ME OVER HILL AND DALE, I NEVER ONCE KILLED ANYTHING BUT I SAW MORE OF THE WORLD AND NATURE THAN MOST WOMEN OF THE DAY. THE BEST PART IS SITTING IN THE TREE WATCHING THE WORLD AWAKEN.
I WOULD NOT TRADE THOSE DAYS WITH LITTLE BROTHER AS THEY WERE SOME THE BEST OF OUR LIVES. AFTER THE MORNING HUNT WE WOULD HEAD FOR A LOCAL PLACE TO HAVE PECAN PIE AND COFFEE AND DISCUSS WHERE WE MIGHT LIKE TO HUNT IN THE AFTERNOON. AT THAT TIME I DRANK MY COFFEE BLACK JUST LIKE PA AND LITTLE BROTHER LOADED HIS WITH SUGAR AND CREAM. THE COFFEE DRINKING REVERSAL IS ANOTHER STORY.
THE PICTURE ABOVE WAS THE BIGGEST WHITETAIL I EVER KILLED AND I WENT INTO THE WOODS BY MYSELF. LUCKILY THERE WERE SOME OTHER HUNTERS IN THE AREA AS I COULD NOT HAVE PULLED HIM OUT BY MYSELF.
I HAD TAKEN THE HEAVY TREE STAND BACK TO MY NOVA AND WAS CLEANING MY HANDS AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PULL THAT BUCK OUT OF THE WOODS. ONE OF THE HUNTERS TOLD ME HE HAD NOT SEEN ANYTHING ALL MORNING AND WOULD BE HAPPY TO HELP ME. AS IT WAS HE PULLED IT OUT BY HIMSELF.
I GOT THE HUNTER TO PUT THE BIG BUCK IN MY TRUNK AND OFF I WENT TO CHECK IT IN.
THE KITTY JUSTICE IS I THINK PA WATCHED OVER ME FROM AFAR AND THAT WAS WHY I WAS SUCH A SUCCESSFUL HUNTER.

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