After a year long ordeal, starting last November(ending hunting for me), when I was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow cancer I was finally diagnosed in remission last month and was told that I could start hunting again if I felt up to it. Well I didn't need much more than that to start getting my body back into some sort of shape to get back out in the woods.
Yesterday was opening day for my part of NJ here on base. I drew one of my favorite zones inside the fences here on Fort Dix(weekly Lottery draw for 15 acre and under lots). A little creek bed with a large stand of white oaks on a flat above the creek. Just after sunrise a pair of yearlings worked into my stand and started feeding on acorns. I waited about 5 mins looking around for mama to come in but with no luck. I think that someone might have gotten her at first light. So I picked out the biggest one and laid the smackdown on him. 15 yard shot and 75 yard recovery. Yes I said him. Once I got down rolled him over and what do you know button buck. Weighed in right at 50lbs.
Now for you guys out there that say you shouldn't shoot young deer we have a earn a buck program inside the fences and just about every doe in here this year seemed to have had triplets. So I did my part for managing our deer herd.
I said a prayer and thanked the Lord, that he would give me the oppurtunity to return to a normal life and offer me a chance to take one of his creatures for my table. We had tenderloins tonight for dinner and my family each took the time to give thanks again for my gift of life and the life of the animal we were about to receive.
Never put off doing something for yourself or your family if you can avoid it because you never know what will happen tomorrow!