Thursday, November 29, 2007

Deer Season 2007 - Update

I am happy to say that I got a deer!

Last Monday afternoon, Arlene and I looked at the weather for the week and it looked pretty bad; lake effect snow, cold and high winds. We decided that we didn't want to wait for the weekend to take the utility trailer back up to camp to store for the winter. So we got off work a little early, and hooked up the trailer. Since we thought we might have a couple hours of hunting time after we got there, we dressed in our hunting clothes and just took my gun. We got the trailer situated and parked the car in the meadow near Cadillac II and walked in.

After only a half-hour, Arlene could see a deer coming in from the East. It was a small button buck. He was in eating for quite a while when a car on the road spooked him and he left. About 20 minutes later he was back, and munched some more until another car sent him off into the thick woods.

Not too very long after that, I spotted a doe walking in from the road to Skyview. She came right to the food and began to eat. She was a real nice doe, not too small and not too large. I had the gun ready in the window and when she finally offered a good shot, I took it. She ran parallel to the road and towards camp and made a sharp left turn and disappeared. Arlene was sure she was down. It was 3:50 pm. We gave her about 20 minutes and then went to look.

She was about four feet from where we saw her turn and down in a small hollow. I knelt beside her and apologized to her for shooting her and thanking her for her sacrifice. I've been doing this since I learned a Native American teaching that says that when you go hunting, one animal will always sacrifice itself so that you and your family can eat that winter. When you see that deer, you will know, deep inside your heart that this is the animal that you are supposed to shoot. The deer will offer you a broadside shot so that you can shoot it in the best possible place so that it will die quickly.

After I learned about that legend, I thought about all the deer I have taken and realized that every one of them came in and offered me a perfect broadside standing shot. They were sent to me. So now when I sit down to a delicious meal of venison, I say a prayer and thank the deer for it's sacrifice and honor it's memory.

I was very lucky to get the doe because since then our weather has been awful. We've had heavy lake effect snows, high winds and near blizzard conditions for the past week and a half. I was hoping to hunt our Michigan Muzzleloading season which is Dec. 7 to the 16th but with Pickford getting a lot of snow all last weekend it looks pretty doubtful. The road to camp is considered "seasonal" and the county rarely plows it.

We will have to get in to camp at some point to check the level of snow on the trailers and shovel it off if it is too deep.

Time to break out the snowshoes!!!!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on getting your deer. I sympathize with you about the snow. We've been getting quite a bit in Traverse City too. It is very pretty, but it does make getting around more difficult.

Editor said...

Congratulations and I will remember to thank the deer for their sacrifice too.

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

Congrats on the deer! I have always loved the custom of being grateful to the animal that has sacrificed for you. Gratitude is such a powerful good in our lives!

Cathy Smith said...

thanks all! I was sure happy to get a nice doe.

The Hunters Wife said...


Marian said...

Hey happy for you! Congratulations! :)

joated said...

Congratulations! I like your custom of saying thanks to the deer for its sacrifice. I've been doing much the same since I started hunting back in the 70's. And thinking back, nearly every deer I've taken, be it with bow, shotgun or rifle, has provided a broadside shot.

Dana @ The Wild WoodsWoman said...

Hi Cathy! Congrats on the deer! Found you via Deer Camp Blog. I linked to you on my blog, hope that OK. I always like to add another outdoorsy woman to the blogroll!

Albert A Rasch said...

Ms. Smith,

Sure do like your blog! The pictures are fantastic in a close and personal way. I'll be visiting often to see more of Red! LOL

Oh, and congrats on your deer! An excellent custom that more folks should think about and try.

Albert A Rasch
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