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|Deer Hunters Are a Strange Species
Before there were grocery stores and fast food restaurants,
people hunted for food. Some still do. In fact, according to the
results of the 2001 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service survey, there
are estimated to be 10.9 million people who hunt big game.
Hunting seasons and limitations are occasionally regulated
according to the current animal population number. This is, in
part, to maintain a good balance between game, birds and smaller
animals, and their available food.
Hunters do more than kill animals. They help the environment
maintain the balance mentioned above. They also help wildlife
conservation efforts with the license fees and taxes they pay.
And, they aid law enforcement whenever possible by alerting them
to suspicious activity they might happen to discover. For the
past several years, many deer hunters across the country have
donated their game to food banks and other groups as well. I do
not agree with taking an animal's life simply for the 'sport of
it'. But I do agree with hunting to provide food.
DEER HUNTERS ARE A STRANGE SPECIES INDEED!
You never have to wake a guy up during deer season - they never
sleep! Can't blame them though, they've been planning since June
about how they're going to get that sixty-four point buck this
You've seen the excitement build as the season came closer. He's
misplaced his car keys, forgotten to take out the trash, even
forgotten to eat. But he knows exactly where his little orange
cap is. He's thrown his everyday clothes all over the place. But
his thermals and orange camouglage jacket are neatly folded in a
corner, ready to go. He's even checked them a couple of times
each day, and neatly refolded them to make sure they are ready.
A week before the hunting season opens, the average hunter will
develop a continuously preoccupied twinkle in his eyes. Because
of this, you can spot a guy with 'buck fever' anywhere. You can
probably pick him out of a crowd of fifty thousand. He'll be the
one with the apprehensive, anticipating glow. I've been told
that a deer is color blind - obviously they're glow blind as
It's not always just the thrill of the hunt that gets the hunter
out of bed and going over his supplies' checklist one more time
before heading out into the great unknown. It's also what they
can put on the supper table. Some of the hardiest appetites
around belong to hunters. When I was growing up, our table was
laid out with everything from squirrel pot-pie to breaded ground
hog. Barbecued deer roast is as good as any cattle being herded
anywhere. And, I've heard that muskrat is a delicacy in some top
rated city restaurants. Of course muskrats are trapped rather
than hunted. But hunter/trapper...they're basically the same
A true deer hunter is more consistent and driven than the US
Post Office. Neither rain, snow, wind, slush, mud, flu, or
migraine will keep them
from hitting the woods at daybreak and
staying till near dark, or till they've gotten one - whichever
comes first. If a deer is gotten the first day, the hunter can
relax and live normally again. If not, there will be a few more
obsession-filled days to get through.
The skill of hunting comes also with the privilege of talking
about it. My dad once went hunting with a guy and swore he'd
never step foot in the woods with him again. "Shot three times
at a branch falling from a tree. Now you know a deer doesn't
climb a tree and jump!"
And they all have their stories. Like the guy who - during early
Spring - chose a wooded area, built a primitive stand, and
planned to return in the Fall to hunt. A couple of days before
deer season was to begin, he went back - gun and practice target
in hand - only to find several condominiums where the woods had
once stood. The tree with his stand remained however. It had
become a treehouse in someone's back yard.
It is inevitable that talk of the upcoming hunt will somehow
find it's way into every conversation the hunter utters for
weeks. It has to...it's the only thing being thought about. I
recall a few conversations with my hunter husband. Once I
mentioned that I had gotten a lamp I'd been wanting for only
twenty bucks. He began telling me about the two bucks that his
friend, Hank, got two years in a row. "Close to 180
pounds...both of 'em," he informed me. Another time I wanted him
to pick up some apples and oranges at the store. And he asked me
if I thought he'd be wearing enough orange that year, or should
he go buy something more. Then there was the time when I wanted
a huge favor, but dreaded to ask hubby, so I addressed him with:
"Dear!" Of course, I should have known better, because
immediately the twinkle in his eyes sparkled with even more
shine and I knew it was no point in continuing a discussion
until the word and the shine wore off.
So, if you have a hunter in your house who comes home near dark,
on the last day, having been unsuccessful...get out some
smelling saltz and revive him. But, of course he's been used to
a week of sniffing deer urine on his lapel, so the saltz may not
affect him at all at first. However, do keep trying. And
remember to prepare him a hot bath and drip eye drops in each of
his bloodshot eyes. Then, after he's 'out like a light' snoring,
you may want to take a couple of whiffs of that smelling saltz
yourself - when you realize that this whole thing will probably
be repeating itself again in another twelve months or so.
About the author:
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