November 23rd, 2008
First I want to say that I hope everybody has a Happy Thanksgiving as I won’t talk to you all again until after the holiday. Looking forward to this weekend. I’ve got my son, Brandon, and some of his buddies coming down to do some wrestling and play around.
All last week I was up deer hunting at Buck Paradise in Canada. You talk about a great operation, I went up there with Legacy Sports. They supplied my gun, which is a .300 Win Mag (picture below). The gun came with the Nikko Stirling scope attached, so all I had to do was some fine tuning and it was ready to hunt with. The scope was last year’s NRA ‘Optics of the Year’ award winner. Had a great time with everybody up there. Grant Kuypers owns Buck Paradise, a really great guy. There’s only been one other place in my life where I always told myself that I was going to go back and that was Australia; but Buck Paradise has just made the list. We’re going to do some hunts in the future where I’m going to go up there and it will be open to the public as well to come up and bear hunt.
Along with Grant, I got to spend some time with Brett. Brett works for Legacy Sports and is moving to Illinois in the near future. So the good thing is we’ll be getting to see more of him as he’s a pleasure to be around. Brett and I are a lot alike, the one thing we’re not alike in is patience. We were going to hunt for five days and I mean five WHOLE days of hunting. You’re in the stand well before dawn and out of it well after the sun goes down. So my thought was with 5 days, I could really wait for something big. Brett didn’t see it that way. The first day, sometime around noon, Brett saw a deer come into his bait that was limping badly. Well he was already getting bored and decided to go ahead and take this buck and get it over with. Well he heard about this for the rest of the trip from me as I called him a sympathetic/management shooter. Needless to say, he took the rack of his deer home in a cooler and I don’t mean a big cooler either… Me on the other hand, I took my time. The first day I saw well over ten bucks, but nothing monstrous so I didn’t shoot. The second day I decided to bring my Bible and read it a bit while I sat out there. I got all the way through Genesis as I would read 2 or 3 lines and look up to see if a buck was coming in. The good thing about hunting over bait is the animal is going to stay there for a little while. The second day, I saw 9 bucks. The third day I got most of the way through Exodus and saw 7 or 8 bucks. I did see a nice 8-pointer that I thought about taking. The fourth day I realized time was running out so I know I’m going to have to shoot something here soon. I skimmed through Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy. I wanted to get to some good stories, so when I got to Joshua I started reading hard and out pops a nice 10-pointer that was well outside the ears. I decided to go ahead and grab the gun and fire. So I shot, he ran about 20 yards and I got my first Canadian deer. If I had to guess, I’d say that he’d score around 140. Grant wrote up a little something on his website for me being there, you can read that HERE.
Was watching a John Wayne movie on the flight back, the movie was called Angel and the Bad Man. They had an interesting quote in the movie that I decided to write down, “The Lord moves in mysterious manner, at times using strange methods and instruments.” I liked it, so I thought I would share it with you. I think it helps to remember that God uses every experience, person and circumstance in our lives, the good and the bad, to make us into who He wants us to be.
Here is a little write up from one of the forums moderators, Amy, who was down at the Intrepid Center for Wounded Vets in San Antonio, TX about a week and a half ago. Rich Franklin and I were there visiting with some of the troops who had been wounded in Iraq. Amy, TexasRN on the forums, is a registered nurse and she was there getting some photos of me and Rich with the troops. You can read her account HERE.
Like I said, earlier, I hope everybody has a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We went out today and got the kids’ picture taken with Santa and a reindeer, so I thought I would share it with you.