It’s that magical time of year where the mornings are getting crisper, the air has a bit of a bite to it. The trees start to turn to magnificent oranges, reds and yellows. Tis the season that we have been dreaming of since the last one closed. All the time spent this summer preparing is about to payoff. From stringing decoys to hanging tree stands and checking trail camera pictures. The time is near.
From the time spent at the trap and rifle range, fletching arrows and tuning broadheads, reloading shells and cleaning guns. The time is near.
The smell of coffee brewing on a wood stove, spending the afternoon cutting and splitting wood, to attaching bull rushes and corn stalks to duck blinds. The time is near.
From packing blind bags full of goodies, back packs and fanny packs to practicing your calls and rattling skills. The time is near.
Preparing camo clothing with scent blocker, camo face paint and fleece socks to 12 gauges, .22s, black powder and archery. The time is near.
Purchasing licenses and tags, topographical maps and game regulations to acorns, apples, tree bark and salt licks. The time is near.
From the first beams of sunlight coming over the hill to the last thumb nail of sun sinking below the horizon. From the heart pounding feeling when the 10 point you have on camera comes down the trail quartering away to the first flock of cupped mallards committing to your spread. The time is near.
So when a co-worker or friend asks you why you get up early on your day off, don’t just explain. Offer to take them along; affording them the chance you have so luckily experience time and time again, to share in the wonder, the thrill, the fresh air and the feeling of self-preservation. Mother Nature has so much to teach if you’re willing to open your eyes and mind. So why not spread the feeling and knowledge you have of the field? Take a kid to the woods, let them call, let them sit; let them experience the woods come alive. The future of our great sport lies in the next generation. So why not take the time to teach them the wright and wrongs, the experiences you have learned and watch the wonders light up their eyes. Answer the questions, tell the stories of hunts past and create new ones.
I know I will be.
Good luck this season.
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