Today’s post was written by The Deer Hunter.
I’ve recently noticed I’ve been using the phrase “It was a good morning.”
As a deer hunter, I use this phrase in a questioning manner, trying to come up with an explanation as to why I saw no deer.
When the calendar says it’s the right time, the weather is cold, and I have put myself in what I believe is the correct spot, I should see deer right?
Well it doesn’t always work out that way.
Deer being deer, often have totally different plans than I do!
So after participating in over forty deer seasons, what constitutes a good morning has changed for me.
First off, don’t get me wrong, I love to deer hunt and I love eating deer meat, but killing a deer has become secondary to the hunting process.
Confusing right? I’m a little confused myself.
My whole life has been shaped by and consumed by deer hunting, but the older I get killing a deer is less important than hunting in a dignified manner.
My sweet wife jokingly says I’m getting soft. Maybe so.
Here are some of the things that constitute a good morning for me as a deer hunter in 2020.
- making my way in the predawn quietly and undetected to my spot
- being able to navigate my way in the dark without getting lost
- using the wind to remain undetected
- reading the sign correctly, putting the deer in front of me
- being able to withstand very cold temperatures and remain comfortably warm
- most of all, watching deer amble by going about their way totally oblivious to my presence—that means I played the game on their terms and won which gives me a totally satisfied feeling
I have a drive to hunt and be in the woods, to be an active participant in nature that is primal.
Understanding the predator prey relationship helps me see the magic of the woods more fully, only now I don’t have to kill to be completely fulfilled while hunting.
What constitutes a good morning for you?
The Deer Hunter