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My training is officially underway. As I continue to
study the hunting regulations, I am becoming more and more aware that
there is a great deal to learn. I confess, however, that there are
several regulations that seem like common sense. For example, one
regulation is as follows: “It is illegal to shoot at or to shoot any
wild bird or animal unless it is plainly visible.” How do you shoot
something you can’t see? This hunting world is a mystery to me.
The regulation that Andy has been discussing with me
most recently is about hunting attire. This law makes sense. Hunters
must wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange. If people are
shooting animals that aren’t “plainly visible,” one better look like a
human flare out there in the woods. There was a catch to this regulation
for this writer. I do not own any blaze orange. Somehow, my wardrobe
never seemed to need this color. Not to worry, we went shopping.
As we walked through the lands of Real Tree and Mossy
Oak, I began to realize that I may have been tricked. My dear husband
may have agreed to allow me to trail him because of the “necessary”
hunting apparel that we would have to purchase. I was very surprised at
the high cost of items. Though I desired clothes that fit me, it didn’t
make sense to spend that much money on an outfit I won’t be wearing too
many times. Thus, we decided to buy an outfit that would fit both of us.
Which really means it fits Andy. I will roll up the pants and sleeves to
make it work. Oh, the sacrifices I must make.
Andy now has some nice new hunting clothes, and I
believe I am getting in over my head. Speaking of head, I also purchased
a new orange cap. It looks great with the hunting vest. With the new
apparel, I am ready to hit the trail.
I have been warned about the cold weather and have
decided to take the necessary precautions. We have all the long
underwear, Underarmor, and Poly Pro a person could ever need. I have
chosen the best set and purchased hand warmers to place in my gloves,
boots, or any other necessary places.
I assure you that I will look ridiculous, but I will be
warm. Remember Ralphie’s little brother in “The Christmas Story”?
Imagine him bundled up in blaze orange, and you have pictured my hunting
apparel perfectly. Andy might not have to shoot the deer; it may die
laughing at the abominable snowman he has on his trail.
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