In life we sometime need to back up and punt; this is one of those times.
Although the Struttin’ Time readers know we had said our fond farewells for this season, another story came to me that I just had to write. It is about two young ladies, who both got their big bucks, after the fact. Because I am always pulling for our youth to get out and hunt, these stories need to be told, before they are lost forever in the memory of life.
Ms. Emileigh Boggs, the 13-year-old daughter of my friends, Wade and Crystal Boggs, of Millstone, took her first big buck during modern firearm season. Emileigh, a student at Fleming-Neon, is used to getting up early, and so early rising to deer hunt was no big deal. Ms. Emileigh also knows that to get a nice buck takes hard work and a strong will, both which she exhibits. Although she went to the wire, she was able to get the job done and to put meat in the freezer, and a nice trophy on the wall, she got it done.
The next young lady is Abigail Maggard, who is a member of Letcher County’s Wildlife Women. Ms. Abigail worked long and hard for her buck, and she knows all too well the old saying, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.” Ms. Abigail went right to the last few minutes before getting a nice trophy-sized buck to help feed her boys, and her through the winter.
As I have told Struttin’ Time readers —and I don’t have a clue if Ms. Abigail is a reader or not — “Things happen fast in the woods.” He is not there one second, then there he stands, then gone the next. We always need to keep that in mind, stay ready. Ms. Abigail was ready to leave when there her big buck stood.
A tip of my hat to both young ladies, and I hope this builds a fire in your soul to hunt every time you can.
Well to repeat what I said last week, see the Struttin’ Time readers next year. Have a merry Christmas, and may “Peace and Love abound in your lives……”