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The Deer Hunter and the Businessman

Couldn’t help but modify a fishing joke that I read on Facebook this morning…

One October day a bowhunter was sitting in his tree stand overlooking a beautiful meadow, with his bow hanging from a cut-off tree limb. He was enjoying the crisp afternoon and the setting sun, and the prospect of seeing some deer.

About that time, a businessman came walking down a nearby public trail, trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. He noticed the bowhunter perched in the tree and decided to find out why this hunter was hunting instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family. 

"You aren’t going to kill many deer that way," said the businessman to the hunter, "you should be working rather than wasting your time in that tree!" 

The bowhunter looked up at the businessman, smiled and replied, "And what will my reward be?" 

"Well, you can get bett and shoot more deer!" was the businessman’s answer. 

"And then what will my reward be?" asked the hunter, still smiling. 

The businessman replied, "You will make money and you’ll be able to buy a your own land, which will then result in bigger and better deer!" 

"And then what will my reward be?" asked the hunter again. 

The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the hunter’s questions. "You can buy tractors and ATVs and food plot seed and draw all of the deer off your neighbor’s property so you can have them all to yourself!"

"And then what will my reward be?" repeated the hunter. 

The businessman was getting angry. "Don’t you understand? You could kill two Booners every year!"

Once again the hunter asked, "And then what will my reward be?" 

The businessman was red with rage and shouted at the hunter, "Don’t you understand that you can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again! You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this property, looking at the sunset. You won’t have a care in the world!" 

The hunter, still smiling, looked up and said, "And what do you think I’m doing right now?"