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Friday, June 14, 2024

Deer Hunting – My Serenity

Happy fall y’all! It’s my favorite time of year. Football, chilly weather, and deer hunting. While I’m sure you were itchin’ to read about some hunting tips or guns, this column will be a bit different.

Life got you stressed? Working 80 hour weeks? Me too.

I love the thrill of a deer hunt, but know what? The hunt itself is literally my serenity. My job is crazy stressful and chasing three kids with whatever they are doing leaves little time for “me.” I wouldn’t change the kid thing for the world, (Go Longhorns!) but sometimes I need time to just think. A deer stand does that for me. There is almost nothing I cherish more than sitting in a tree watching wildlife and simply pondering life. In my head, I’ve solved many of the world problems we face, but more than anything else I’m just able to relax. I relax until I hear the dumb armadillo behind me just knowing that it is going to be a Pope and Young buck getting ready to walk right out. After remembering deer have the ability to creep through the woods without making a sound, reality sets back in, and I get back to thinking. Life can be rough. Real rough. While I love taking my kids on a hunt, sometimes the alone time is just what is needed. Watching wildlife, listening to the wind, and even freezing my butt off is what the doctor ordered. The stresses in your life seem to somewhat fade away for the hours you simply sit in a tree, even if you don’t harvest a deer. Until next time friends. . .

Dalen McVay
Dalen McVay
Dalen McVay is a lawyer and an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing for every species available in Oklahoma. He especially enjoys bass fishing and deer hunting. He has two sons and a daughter who also enjoy the great outdoors, especially any time spent at the lake. His lovely wife does not enjoy his muddy boots.



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