As the years and miles mount on this old mountain man, I just sit and ponder about what the years behind me have meant, and what the days, weeks, months, or even maybe years ahead hold.
I have seen us go from a county where almost everyone hunted, to one where we are few in number.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife has thorough, careful management and has given us more to hunt than would had been in my wildest dreams at the age of say, 10. We used to be glad to hunt grouse, squirrels, and rabbits, and sometimes they were hard to limit-out.
Now the youth and we old hunters can hunt within the boundaries of Letcher County, wild turkey, deer, elk, raccoon, as well as the things I hunted as a youth.
When I was young, I hunted weeks, before treeing one raccoon. Now I get as many as half dozen on my trail cams.
What has changed is the will of the youth to get from behind the videos and into the woods, and the parents that condone such action. We need to wake up and enjoy the things that put us back in peace with ourselves.
I trust that everyone who has hunted this year has had a good year if they killed anything or not. I know I have. From the Destiny Sturgills to the Johnny Adamses of our county, I know they know how important it is to get out and be at peace.
Hemphill Community Center will have ‘Breakfast with Santa’ on December 4 starting at 8 a.m. and lasting till noon. They do a great job, and fix a world class breakfast. I’ve not missed one in years, and plan on being there next week. Who knows? I may get my picture taken with ‘Ole Saint Nick’. The money goes for a good cause, and each child will receive a toy.
My gift to you is one of hope.