Category Archives: Deer hunting

Politics, Hunting, and Sunrise on Democrat Ridge

Surise on Democrat Ridge

The television was spewing hateful political ads and bad news when Steve turned it on this morning. I wasn’t long in turning it off. Facebook wasn’t much better. I’m sick to death of all this trash talk. It seems like there’s no getting away from hate and discontent in today’s connected world, and Tuesday can’t […]

No deer but it was a good year

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Year six, no deer. I’m a little disappointed, especially because this was such a good year for hunters. It was a good year for me. I saw the first and only buck I’ve ever seen while hunting. People asked if I’d regret not shooting him if I didn’t have another one at the end of […]

What’s in your hunting pack for deer season?

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I took my first hunter safety class some time around 1974. One of the things that really stuck with me in that first class was what to take in the woods with me. The only backpack I had at the time was meant for school. The list changed little between 1974 and when I first […]

Deerland: America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness

Deerland: America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness

Cambronne, Al. Deerland: America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness. Lyons Press. 2013. $18.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-7627-8027-3 I read Deerland with a highlighter and sticky notes in hand, marking pages and highlighting paragraphs I’ll know I’ll come back to. No detail seemed tedious or unnecessary. As a new hunter living in an area […]

Opening Day Eve

It’s Opening Day Eve. My clothes have been washed in scent-free detergent and hung outside to dry, and the pretty smelling shampoo, conditioner and soap have been pushed aside for unscented products. My rifle is sighted in. I have my fluorescent orange out, my boots are on the heater, and I know what I’m having […]

Why Do You Hunt?

Why do you hunt? It’s a question I’m often asked. I sometimes give a well rehearsed, detailed explanation of why I hunt. Other times, when I know there’s nothing “right” I can say to the person asking, I give a brief answer. I’d rather not get into a heated discussion about hunting but will if […]