Shotgun Season Opens for Deer
November 27, 2011, 9:08 pm
Filed under: November 2011
Not this year, but soon

November 27, 2011

     Deer gun season is a real big deal around here. It has been a ritual for as long as I can remember. I am sure my first seasons in the woods made my mom anxious to say the least, but she let me go just the same.
     My grandson is pretty sure that he wants to go, but not for awhile yet. He will be indoctirnated, just as the rests of my boys were. I think it’s important for them. Perhaps it is even a right of passage… I know it was for me 😮
     The past is the past and there is no way to change it, but I would have done some things differently if I could do it all over again. I would have hunted with my friends and family even more. I would have taken shots that I passed up, just to teach them how to field dress game. It would have been a great celebration, especially for a young boy.
     I am not making excuses. I just didn’t know how to be a dad back then. My father’s did not hunt, in fact, spending time with me, was not usually on their list of things to do. I learned to do many things alone, but most importantly , I learned to make time for my family.
     Yes, I do hope we can harvest a deer or two this week. The meat will be good to have and the deer herd will benefit from a reduction in numbers. The most important thing, however, is the bonding between father and son, uncle and nephew and in some cases, just two guys who are friends.
     My grandson will join the hunt in a few years. The first year or two he will hunt rabbits with his BB gun along with us big guys. He will learn gun safety, environmental stewardship and how to mix with men. When it is time for him to carry a real shotgun, all of the basics will have been learned.
     A successful hunt is a wonderful thing . but a successful relationship is a gift from God.

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