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Old 06-23-2005, 08:52 AM
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I thought about not posting this but I decided it was something that certainly fits the description and subject of this thread....besides it is what hunting is all about....

ONE SPECIAL DAY


Like most deer hunters, I have experienced those things that we seem to have a special privilege in sharing. The sounds of birds awakening at first light, watching small critters as they begin another day of life on the forest and of course watching the sky change from black to pale blue as we await legal shooting hours, full of anticipation and excitement of Opening Day of deer season. The camaraderie we have with fellow hunters as we share stories of years past while awaiting with anticipation the upcoming season. These simple things that always seem to stay embedded in our minds. These are just a few of the examples I have cherished while doing what I love most. These feelings are also shared by my three sons. They began hunting at an early age and have grown over the years to be the kind of hunters any dad would be proud of. They are dedicated hunters who understand that hunting is more than just the kill. They were taught to not only understand the game, to experience the challenge, to enjoy those times in the deer woods, but also to respect that which we hunt. This sounds like a simple approach for me, to pass on to my sons, the same principals I was taught, but it was more than that. In my heart I felt it was a commitment, something I must do if I was to continue the heritage. You see, my Dad was responsible for it all and at the time, it wasn’t as easy as it would appear. Here’s why….

When I was much younger I especially remember my Dad getting ready for deer season. All the guys would show up at the house, all packed and ready for a week of deer hunting in Maine. It was always a happy time, full of laughter and the love they shared not only for deer hunting buy also the love they had for each other was unmistakable. My Dad told me that some day I would be able to join them in their annual Rite of Autumn. During the spring and summer we would take time and head to the woods where he would teach me all about the whitetail deer. He would explain their feeding habits, where they would bed during the day and all about the changes in the bucks as fall approached What to look for while deer hunting and why. He often said “It’s not what you do right at times, it’s what you don’t do wrong” and most importantly, “you must be a part of the woods in such a way as to not alarm or alert the animals of your presence”. Growing up I had the opportunity to learn so much about hunting and I could only wait for the day when I would actually be hunting with him. As it turned out, it would only be for one, single day.

Just about the time when I would be old enough to hunt with Dad, he became very sick. While serving in USCG during WWII, his ship was hit and he spent hours in the ice waters. Because of this, his heath deteriorated over the years, and double amputation of his legs became necessary. His priorities took a sudden and dramatic change. Even though his health and family needs took center stage, his love for hunting never wavered. We would continue to talk about those special days he spent with the guys, the excitement of the hunt and all the things that make it so special. His one true hope was to finally get back to doing that one thing that meant so much. Well that day finally came and it will be a day I will cherish forever.

Dad was allowed to hunt on an island in NH that was open for disabled hunters. It was also opened the week before the regular deer season and the F&G would supply a special tag for all successful hunters. That night we spent in a motel talking about the special morning that awaited us. I remember him telling me how good he felt inside and that just being there was what mattered most and that shooting a deer would be a bonus. We talked about all the things he taught me as a kid and his regret that things could not have been different. But he also said he was delt a hand in life and it was up to him to play it out the very best way he could. He also asked me how I felt at that very moment and I told him I was extremely happy to finally hunt with him and I was full of excitement. He told me, in so many words, to never lose that feeling because that’s what deer hunting is all about and he said “I have taken the time to introduce you to this sport and when the day comes when I have my own kids to do the same”. “Share the experience of hunting with them, Jim, give them a chance to enjoy what we have”. Well we hunted that next day, Dad took a shot at a nice buck but we went home without punching that extra tag. It did not matter, that one day with him was all I wanted and I thank God I finally got the chance.

On a hot day in July back in 1970, Dad lost his fight to cancer. My three sons now in their 30’s and my two grandsons all share in the experience that Dad passed to me many years ago. I feel good, because I have lived up to my part of the bargain and I know Dad would be proud. That day when Dad finally said goodbye, I not only lost a hunting partner, I lost my Best Friend. Thank you Dad, I Love You!

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Old 06-25-2005, 02:07 AM
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adams.....I'll have to agree with you. Some of the finest moments I've had in the woods was when I was without a weapon or did not take a shot. There's just something so surreal about nature when you just sit back and watch the things that take place.....simply amazing.

On a side note, one of my fondest memories was when I took my first wild quail over my first GSP (that's him as my avatar when he was about 5......about 4 years ago...one of the greatest hunts I ever had with him!) that I trained when I was 13. I'd shot a few pen raised "training" quail over my dog, but taking my first two wild quail over the first dog that I had trained just tops the cake. I still have the two shells that I shot those two quail with too. My dad has never been big on deer hunting, so I was more so raised on bird hunting with GSPs. Still love the bird hunting I spend with my dad (even though it's not as great as it was when I was training my first GSP) but I have many many fond memories in the fields with my dad as well as in the woods by myself.

KEEP THESE STORIES COMING!!! I love this thread.......this is what true hunters thrive on!!
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Old 06-25-2005, 06:18 PM
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some days i just want to go and sit in treestand and just watch the deer, instead of going out to try and harvest a deer. i just love to watch them. it gets my heart pumping when they get real close then i know i can't move. like the other night when i was scouting, i was just getting out of my blind and i thought i checked the area really good, but once i got out there was a deer standing close to 10 yards away. and it was standing where one of my windows was too. i don't know how i missed him but i did.

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Old 06-25-2005, 09:51 PM
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ill tell this story here because someone might actually believe me.

When I was younger, about 14 or so my friend and I liked to see how close we coul get to deer for fun. we got very close a few times. There was one day I decided to do some early scouting. That day was one of the most exiing I have ever had. I was walking in the woods and came to a spot that had about 2 acres of nothing but oak trees that were surounded by and old rockwall. I had brought a small sandwich with me to mucnh on while I was scouting the area i was to hunt that coming season. It looked like rain that day so I had also brought a poncho with me just incase.

Well I decided to sit down on the ground in a corner ofthe old rockwall to eat my lunch. I had been sitting about 10min when it started to rain. I stood up to put my poncho on and realized it was a gray camo which matched the rockwall perfectly. I was like yeah that was planned lol so as I started to put it on I noticed movement about 150 yards away. I looked carefully and noticed about 7-10 deer slowly working towards me while eating acorns. I was like he this is cool so I sit in the corner of the rock wall andslowly finish my lunch as I wathed the deer. It started raining pretty heavy by now. I did not care though cause I was not getting wet and i was watching deer

well about 30 min had passed and they were all about 40-60 yards away from me still munching away. That is aobut the time I notice this spike coming my way. I watched him for about 10 more minutes before I realized he was about 10 yards away still mucnhing on acorns. He was still coming towards me though. I was like hmm ok he will see me or smell me in a second or two. Well 5 yards and counting he still has no idea im there. I had the hood of the poncho on and it was draped over me all the way to the ground. I had my head tilted down and my chin tucked inside the ponchoso all you could see was my nose. Well 2 yards ! and still counting he has no idea. Then I noticed that a small puddle has been created in my pocnh on the ground. It was were the poncho was just sitting over 2 small rocks and had sunk in the middle. Well to my surprise the deer comes up and actually drinks out of the small puddle that was created in my poncho!!!!!!!!!! I was like holy ****. I am surprised the deer could not hear my heartbeat the way it was pounding!!!!!!!!!!!! after a few seconds he just slowly walked away while still muching on acorns.

I have told only a few people that and nobody but my good hunting friend believed me. I just stoped telling it when I realized that everyone I told did not belieme...

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Old 06-26-2005, 07:10 AM
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SWEET!!! just want to say 'thnks'-after reading these posts it brings bk some memories from the youthfull days of going out with my dad, even the few times being able to go out with my grandfather and my uncle. all those moments are just priceless- my boys cant wait untilll they can go out with me, and i the same. Thnks again
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Old 06-26-2005, 05:09 PM
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great stories guys!!
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