TIMES I'LL NEVER FORGET
While catfishing a small river in Missouri, I watched my rod bend in half and after a 30 minute fight between me and the fish, I won. My prize.. A 45 pound flat head. Two weeks later, same hole, a 35 pound flat head.
The time fishing a local lake and landing a 7.8 pound largemouth. After a few pictures it took all I had in me to release her. As I watched her swim away I grabbed my rod and made a half hearted cast. On that half hearted cast I landed a 9.9 pound largemouth that now resided at my home nailed to a board.
The time bow hunting near a pear tree that set about 80 yards away. A small six pointer fed there every evening it seemed. This particular evening he pulled a pear off the tree and began to munch it. Just then another fell from the tree and hit him right on the rump. I nearly tested my safety harness from laughter as he mule kicked around the tree for about three laps just sure something had grabbed him. I never saw him at the pear tree again.
The time I killed my largest buck. I had missed a small basket racked buck just after dawn and was very mad at myself. At around 1pm out of no where came a 140 class buck with a canine in hot pursuit. As they blazed by me at 100 yards I blew my grunt call as hard as I could stopping both the buck and the dog. At the crack of the gun the buck dropped and the dog was gone. Thanks dog. I was under orders to kill any dog on sight by the farmer who owned the farm. I later let that dog live one cold morning when he passed under my stand while I was attempting to fill my doe tag. I never told the farmer.
The first time I called in a buck with the famous can call. As the 8 pointer ran past well out of bow range, I turned the call over. He stopped and started again. I turned it over again and he stopped again. I turned it over again and here he came. Running! I stopped him with a "MERP" and sent the arrow into him at 2 yards. Man I love that can call.
The first time I took my 5 year old step-daughter on a bow hunt with me. She was so excited but I was beside myself. I did make a mistake though. The sugar donuts for her breakfast. That little blind had to be bouncing as she enjoyed her sugar high. We saw no deer but what a morning we had.
The night I laid her into her bed, covered her up, kissed her and told her I loved her as I had done on so many other nights. As I shut the light off, for the very first time, I heard those sweet words from her tiny little voice, "I love you too, Johnny!" With a single tear running down my face, I had to go back and kiss her again.
Thank you Lord for flatheads, largemouths, pear trees and safety harness, dogs, can calls, sugar donuts, and step-daughters.