So with the Maryland hunting season coming down to the wire I come home from work this past week to one of my freezers shut down. Wow as if I didn’t have enough on my plate already I really didn’t need that to deal with. The worst part about it is it was the one holding all my backstraps and about fifty pounds of ground. Oh well life goes on and now I really had my word cut out for me to replace that meat.
Having now time to get in the woods last week, Saturday morning came more slowly than ever but once I got into stand my nerves settled and the world seemed to slow down. As I watched the sun come up all I could do was hope I would get lucky enough to tag a deer. The morning was slow nothing seen over the first hour and then all of a sudden I heard ice crack and to my surprise there was a deer crossing the creek headed my way. I can’t remember being that excited but I carefully readied myself and waited as she was heading my way. As I watched her move my way my leg started shaking with anticipation, and as she got in my shooting window I released my arrow hitting true. She had no idea what hit her as I watched her run 60 yards and gall over. Not only was this deer meat for the freezer she was my 30th of the season and that tied my all time best. As I celebrated to myself a small buck ran a doe by me which brought me back to reality. I watched as he chased her all around and finally he ran her where she didn’t want to be and he no longer had a doe to chase around. Yes, another deer and I had broken my owner record. This weekend couldn’t of started any better.
Later that afternoon I climbed back into stand as planned hoping to keep pace with the morning. Nothing but walkers, hikers, and dogs till the last hour. As I was loosing hope I could see some deer moving my way. As they feed in I fixated on the bigger and when the time was right I took my shot. I heard run off and crash in the bushes. Oh yea I was on a roll, so I decided to wait and see if any more would come through. Well God must have been looking over my should that day cause here came three more big doe. As before I waited for my mark and let my arrow roar. I watched as she ran off and piled up bout 70 yards away. I was in disbelief, did I really just shoot 4 deer in one day after the week my freezer broke. How awesome is that. It just goes to show that no matter how bad things seem its up to you to go out there and turn things around. No one controls your destiny but you. Its your life so make it great. In the end it all worked out, I was able to recoup some meat I lost and I also was able to help some friends out that wanted some meat as well. Alls well that ends well.
Be positive, stay strong, and hunt hard.