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Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: pa, juniata county
I killed my first buck at the age of 12, doe at 13 then a buck every year till I was 19 Got married that year. Had a son at the age of 20. During my 20's I hunted hard killed a buck about every year, but had 4 more kids totaling 5.
By the time I was in my early 30's my kids were coming of age to hunt. Things changed for me then, I still got a few days in hunting alone while they were in school, but most of my time outdoors was centered around them , teaching, mentoring and enjoying and sharing "their" success.
Years passed on they turned 16 and began hunting on their own, they all became avid successful hunters, but although I now was hunting alone again, my focus, my joy, my prayers still centered around them.
Yesterday my oldest daughter hunted with me, She had taken some time off from hunting to have a child, a beautiful baby girl. Her husband had gotten a buck in archery so he was babysitting.
When my daughter was 12 I had toted a sleeping bag strapped to my backpack, I tucked her down in it covering her from the waist down to keep her warm while on stand. She killed a deer that year.
Yesterday when she arrived at our home I had a sleeping bag ready once again, she smiled when she saw it and assured me..."dad I won't need it i'll be ok" Our hike up the mt reminded me of old times...good times, and I once again found myself carrying two packs and gear (like an old pack mule).
Things have changed since they were young, we now have 3 grandchildren, and with the advent of modern cell phones we can communicate during our hunt, provided we have service.
But the biggest and best change is that now my world is no longer about me, I will be hunting alone this morning, but my heart, thoughts and prayers while I sit high up on the mt.......Will be with my family.