Tomorrow morning, hunters in Wisconsin will embark on another exciting hunting season. Most of them will be wearing blaze orange, although this year, they can hunt with blaze pink. (I had to roll my eyes just to type that.) Anyhow, the squirrels & chipmunks will be mistaken for a deer and great memories and stories will be made.
Shooting the big buck has never been the primary objective for me. I was fortunate to learn to hunt with great friend and I have fond memories of every single hunt with her. I remember her excitement for me when I took my first deer. I shot a doe my first year that could have been mistaken for a fawn and I quickly learned how to age a deer. I met my husband shortly after and wanted to learn as much as I could about hunting. He worked at Cabelas and I wanted to impress him. So, I went out and bought the book: Still-Hunting Trophy Whitetails: with Bow, Rifle, Shotgun & Muzzleloader by Bill Vazni. I knew it would be good since the author was still hunting after all these years. Lets just say, I had and still have a lot to learn.
I went on to shoot my first buck, again nothing to write home about, but it was a buck and I was thrilled. That was the last deer I shot and it was back in 2009. I’ve hunted a few times since then and haven’t had a shot at any deer. I still love every moment. I love the planning and the crisp mornings in the stand as the outdoors become alive with sounds and sights as the sun rises.
These years, I appreciate the time spent with my father in law the most. I’m looking forward to some time in the stand this year, and hopefully seeing and maybe even shooting a deer. I’m really looking forward to spending the time with him. Hunting is a sport that has no gender bias, upper age limit, and little physical requirements. I can’t wait for the day that we can take our son on his first hunt. The stories are something I will always treasure. Good luck to everyone heading out this season! I hope you make memories to treasure for years to come.
A few thanks to those who guided me on my hunting adventures:
Michelle-Thank you for showing me what all the fuss was about and keeping me safe.
Ed-Thanks for teaching me that it’s not all about the trophy.
Dick-Thank for sharing your years of experience with me and teaching me the finer points of hunting.