It’s getting to be that time of year. We started in Wisconsin in mid- September with early bow deer season. Then we took a break for the gun deer season and now that’s wrapping up in time for the official start of die-hard deer season. I’ve fared pretty well so far this year. An early season archery doe and an early out-of-state archery buck has me in the game. But I still wear my Wisconsin archery buck tag on my back. There’s some quality hunting time left and for some reason, I’m stoked about getting out there in the cold.
It really has been a great fall so far. I was out in the woods more than any season in the past. I saw more deer this season than ever before. And I was successful in harvesting some deer. To top it off, I introduced a new hunter to a tradition of bowhunting. And being that hunter is my brother, I can count on a long time hunting buddy. Even if I don’t get out to the woods any more this year, I can end the season happy.
But I want more. This has been an incredible year of setting goals and achieving them. I’ve tried things I never thought I could do. I started doing things I’ve always wanted to do and should have started long ago. Each achievement opened a door to a new opportunity to set a new goal. I started a blog and have a growing following from numerous outdoor blog sites and journals. I didn’t just attend sporting trade shows and expos, but attended as an exhibitor. Some of the contacts made at those events led me to get involved in a Christian hunting ministry. And through it all, I developed a network of trusted friends and contacts in the sporting community locally and throughout the state and the country. And that network continues to grow. So with the year coming to an end, I have a lot to look back on and be proud of. But like I said, I want more. Earlier in the season, I “declared” to my sweet, understanding wife that this was my year to break my drought and arrow a trophy buck. That desire has a way of being exacerbated by countless trophy buck photos emailed from my friends. Nevertheless, the year may be ending, but die-hard deer season has just begun and I’m hungry. I’m just not hungry enough to settle for a bowl of tag soup.
Come in from the cold and warm up with www.blazingmyowntrails.wordpress.com to learn more about Shawn and his adventures.