Woody: What you say is quite true, but to reach that point you must go through the years when that IS the most important thing for you, especially if you start out as a young man. We've all done that.
When I was younger, I had heard this from many "old timers", but not in a preachy way.
Back in the old days, in Illinois you were allowed ONE deer a year, with each weapon (gun and bow). Our gun season has always been a split season, with the first 3 days just before Thanksgiving, and the second the weekend after. There was an oldtimer that I knew who'd go out first half, and rarely, if ever, did he tag a deer then. I always tagged out first half, and that Monday when we all met at the local gas station for our "hot stove league" coffee klatch, I always show off my deer button that they gave you at the check station, and I'd ask old George if he'd killed one.
'Naaa.....I didn't. I saw 6 though.'
"You saw 6? And you didn't shoot one? Were they not in range?' I'd ask him.
'They were ALL in range', he'd reply.
Then I'd ask him with a truly puzzeled look on my face, 'Why the hell not?'
He'd then look at me, shake his head like he was dealing with someone who just didn't quite grasp the obvious, and say......
'Because then I couldn't go BACK TO HUNT in the second half of the season!'
That was 25 years ago, Old George is long gone, but sometimes when I'm in the woods I love so much, I look Heavenward and tell him.....'NOW I get it George, now I get it!'
Hard hard, shoot a lot of deer, learn as much as you can from each hunt, and the rest will come to you. That's what makes it so wonderful to do!
Offer No Apologies.....
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