As a lot of you may know, as part of U.S. Hunting Today and our hunting network, we have websites dedicated to a majority of all of the states including Canada. One of the things that has help to make us successful is our “Real Stories From Real People” program. We learned early on that hunters look for many things and among them they enjoy reading stories from people just like themselves.
We all can go to a news stand and pick up the latest edition of our favorite hunting magazine but where can you go and read the real life adventures of the average “Joe” on a hunting trip? I’ll be the first to admit that some of the stories leave a bit to be desired, even after we get done “cleaning them up”. I’ve even received some stories that after several attempts still couldn’t figure out the story line. But once in awhile, I get a pleasant surprise.
Needless to say, the stories we get are varied and at times quite “remarkable”. I will point out too that some of our regular contributing writers started out by first sending us their hunting stories. We liked them so much and believed they had something to offer our hunting network, that we now list them as regular contributors.
Though Thoreau says that hunting is for boys, the boy in me, at seventy-two, seems to be still alive and â€“ arthritically â€“ kicking. There remains the great need to leave the world of money and time â€“ that two handled ripsaw â€“ to abandon expected and, mostly, fulfilled responsibilities. The sum on the tax return lacks flesh and blood though it does, heaven knows, mean flesh and blood. So even this late, in Thanksgiving week I grease old boots, case the now silvery Browning 20, and rise at four to go to the woods.
For me, the enjoyment of Dennis’ story pulled me away for a bit as I could relate to much of what he said. I know when I am reading, if I can formulate a distinctive picture in my brain of the surroundings and the course of events being described, the writer has succeeded in keeping my interest.
If you have time, go check out his story. I think you’ll be glad you did.