Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? The plan I laid out for you the week before deer season worked for me like a charm.
I saw deer on each day I had detailed in Struttin’ Time, and on Saturday (Nov. 12) without hearing the first sound from a rifle being fired. At 7:10 a.m., it was game over. I got myself a nice 7-point buck with my bow.
I understand I missed opening day at home by hunting in West Virginia, but I have a lifetime to get a deer in Letcher County. A little study and planning go a long way. I can’t remember the last year that I haven’t killed a turkey or deer, and I believe it is because I plan ahead. I still remember when a crew of us from home packed up and drove 8 hours to hunt in a national forest in North Carolina. Every once in a while one of us would get lucky, but hunting has changed, and to be good at it you need to plan.
On a more personal note, my heart has been touched this past week by all the e-mails, phone calls, and Facebook posts from people telling me how much reading our little column each week means to some kids. I didn’t have a clue. In the next few weeks, before we break for the year, I will be sharing some of these touching stories with you. They will be about little kids who get their Dad or Mom to read them Struttin’ Time.
One of those stories will be about how giving one little hunter a “camo” cap has made me his second-in-line hero behind his dad and how he killed a turkey last week with his bow. There’s also the little fellow who I gave a thumbs up a couple weeks ago for killing his first deer, then found out that he is very sick.
To everyone who reads Struttin’ Time, you humble me with your words and your actions, and for this I am thankful. Be safe and keep in touch. Great Spirit let me never forget from where I came nor to where I’m going.