Whitesburg KY

Struttin’ Time

Is the rut really taking place now?

Where is the rut?

I don’t know about you, but I can’t find one sign that the rut is happening. Jim Zumbo and Versus Outdoors swear we are in full rut. The weather and the moon are supposed to work together, somehow, to cause the bucks to go wild.

On the opening day of our deer season, Nov. 14, I thought I needed to put on sunscreen because it was so warm, and Sunday wasn’t any better. I did not hear a single shot fired either day. Well I guess we need to be thankful for what we do have, i.e., health to get out into the woods, a few dollars to buy some grub and hunting supplies, and a place to hunt.

My friend Raymond Brown tells this story his dad taught him when Raymond was a youth. Seems Raymond was from a large family of 18. Every day he was sent to school with a lunch box holding a cathead biscuit loaded with homemade jam. His friend who was in the same small one-room school always brought lunch in paper bag and would sneak off from the rest of the kids at lunch and eat alone.

Raymond had dreams that his friend had chicken, steak, or even a peanut butter sandwich, causing Raymond to lay out a plan to trade his lunch for his friend’s. Asking his friend would be out of the question, so Raymond left his lunch pail where the paper bag was. He ran into the woods excited to find what was in the lunch, but was surprised the bag held only a hammer and six hickory nuts.

Afterward guilt got the best of Raymond and he told his father what he had done. His father then taught him a lesson in life: Be thankful for what you have and don’t worry about what other people might have. I am truly thankful for what I have and I hope you are, too.

I must say I am a very disappointed in the fact we have not raised but $300 for the Little Shepherd Youth Hunt to be held on December 26. I have already given my donation of $100 and still hope we can exceed our goal of $1,000. Please contact Raymond Brown or any member of the Little Shepherd Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Remember, Christmas in the Park will be here before you know it, so plan to attend. The day is December 11. The parade will start at 5 p.m. in Whitesburg, and will go to the park for Santa at around 6.

I hope Struttin’ Time can get back on track with lots of good stories for a change. I want to thank everyone who reads this crazy column. A special thanks goes to a reader who told me they never miss reading a story, even though they are from out of state.

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