By Mark Kenyon
Six Shooter, the buck I’ve hunted the past three years and finally killed, is now back home and on the wall. And now every time I walk to my office, my eyes are drawn to that place on the wall where he now resides. I’m reminded now of a line I wrote in my short book about this hunt, “Moments With Six Shooter“, when I imagined what it would be like when Six Shooter finally found his final resting place in my home.
“Each time I gaze upon him, I will rediscover the twinge of pain or the thrill of hope that I once lived many years before. The whip of the wind on that dreary November evening. The rain soaked chill on that Halloween night. The frozen December afternoon, and all those immortal, life changing moments in between. When I walk into the room these antlers watch over, I’ll again remember the beauty of creation and the impact it can have on a life. These antlers will hang on my wall, and they will forever speak to me, awaken me, and remind me.”
How true those words have proven to be. Every time I step into that room, memories wash over me like an ocean surf. But while these memories certainly bring me back, they also will give me hope for the future. And isn’t that what’s so beautiful about this time of year? With deer season only weeks away, we are filled with hope, anticipation and wonder. What might this season hold?
I don’t know what the answer is, but I can’t wait to find out.
In the meantime though, as we do every week, we’ve curated a number of great whitetail blogposts from across the web to help you scratch that deer hunting itch and to help you prepare for the 2014 season. Read on, enjoy and stay wired to hunt!
Hunting Deer in the Final Approach – OutdoorHub: Some solid advice on hunting early season bucks, it’s time to start putting together a strategy!
Whitetail Antler Growth Tops Out In August – Big Buck Zone: Antler growth is pretty much done for the summer, so what you see now is what you’re going to get. Craig Dougherty expands on this topic in this story.
Sportsmen and Environmentalists: Together Politically, An Unstoppable Juggernaut – The Conservationist: A terrific article exploring the opportunities for sportsmen and environmentalists (the sane ones) to work together towards big conservation wins. There’s a lot of opportunity here to do good things for wildlife and habitat that we hunters enjoy so much.
Summer Trailcam Season – Winchester World of Whitetail: Some quick tips from Scott Bestul on smart use of trail cameras at the end of the summer.
12 Reasons Why Your Venison Tastes Like Hell – Realtree.com: Don’t make these mistakes if you want to eat tasty venison this fall.
The Best Hunters have Screwed Up A Lot, And You Should Too – RusticMan.com: My friend Aaron Farley is launching a terrific new series on his site RusticMan.com in which he’s posting three articles a week for the next month, passing on all the hunting advice, tips, tricks, hacks, gear advice, secrets, and resources your grandpa should’ve taught you years ago. Be sure to check out this first installment.
Wisconsin DNR Launches Statewide Trail Camera Survey – Bowhunting.com: Here’s the scoop on a really neat new initiative being put on by the Wisconsin DNR to engage citizens to help better understand deer populations through a statewide trail camera survey.
Farm Bill Funds $20 million for Public Access, Nine States To See More Open Country – Open Country: Good news for conservation coming from the recent Farm Bill, here’s the lowdown.
To Beat a Buck’s Nose, Remember Thermals – QDMA.com: Make sure you’ve wrapped your head around thermals before the hunting season opens,and this article is a great start.