For those of you new to SmoothingIt.com, those that may have become followers because of my posts about parenting, fishing, camping, canoeing, or spending time in the backwoods, I owe you an explanation for what is about to happen on SmoothingIt.com. You see, something changes in me every fall. To most easily describe this transformation, let me provide you with a conversation between my wife and I when we first awoke yesterday.
Duncan: Woah! That dream was so intense.
Wife: What were you dreaming about?
Duncan: I don’t remember. I don’t know what anyone was saying or doing. All I can remember seeing or hearing were deer, and lots of them.
Wife: So, it wasn’t that different than hunting season.
What happens is that I become obsessed. I see deer beside the road. I see them in my backyard. I see them when I’m out hiking. Good grief, I even see them in my sleep.
I’m not sure when this obsession began. But I know that it is a prevalent part of my life. My wife just accepts that sometime in September she will lose a husband, only to find him again sometime after deer season.
With all of that being said, I’d like to point out a few things. Yes, I am a hunter. Occasionally, I do kill deer, squirrel, groundhogs, and such. However, I consider myself an ethical hunter (there will be a follow-up post on the ethics of hunting.) I consider myself a safe hunter. And I consider the game being taken. I don’t wastefully slaughter deer for a good time. I respect wildlife and understand their importance.
I enjoy watching deer and frequently spend half-an hour or so watching them from my back porch or through my windows and sliding-glass door. It seems that every evening, a doe and her two fawns visit our backyard and surrounding woods foraging for suitable food.
So as you visit SmoothingIt.com, receive emails from me, or see my posts in your Reader, understand that although I am an avid outdoorsman who fishes, camps, hikes, paddles, bikes, builds fires, and plays with all things woods related, for the next several months my brain becomes foggy and most all I can think about is deer hunting. Rest assured that my logic and life-balance does come back, usually around
December January February.
In the near future, I’ll be providing quite a few hunting posts. Here is a partial list of ideas that will likely see the “publish” button:
- Firearms Safety
- Hunting Ethics
- Making a Ghillie Suit
- Applying Face Paint
- An Inexpensive Archery Target
- And More as the Season Approaches!
If you aren’t a hunter, hate the very thought of hunting, or are just tired of hearing about bow hunting (or my trying to learn to bow hunt), I promise that I’ll be back to my normal self… someday.
In between hunting posts, I have quite a few camping and backwoods trips coming up where I’ll be reviewing gear, providing a few “how-to’s” and detailing a few beautiful places in West Virginia.
Thanks for reading!