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I feel it is necessary to give a little background on my
hunting experiences. Andy and I have hunted together before, but not for
white tails. All of my hunting experiences have been in the middle of
the night, and I have been geared up in my bathrobe and slippers.
Countless occasions have put me in the position of spotter for my sniper
husband as we battled the world of raccoons and opossums. I was armed
with only a spotlight, while Andy ended all of the scavenger problems in
the region of his scope.
There were numerous times when I would take walks in the
field behind our house and meet up with a groundhog or two. In each
acquaintance, I would warn them to stay out of range. In each meeting, I
would explain how he would send them to meet their maker, but they still
came. They still challenged him. I promise you there are no whistle pigs
within a country mile of our home, and I am sure that if the animal
kingdom has any form of communication, we are on the dark list and a
Since all of my hunting has been virtually in my
pajamas, I thought it would be a good idea to research more of the
official business of hunting. It is my understanding that West Virginia
has always been considered the greatest hunting area in the East.
According to the West Virginia Web Hunting site, in our early history,
the Five Nations of American Indians shared this region as a group
hunting ground. Today, we are still known as the “great hunting grounds”
of the surrounding eastern urban areas due to proper wildlife
What an exciting place to begin! I spent quite a bit of
time reading general rules and regulation for West Virginia hunting. To
be honest, there are more rules than I could ever have dreamt. I was
always told to simplify my rules to two or three basic regulations that
cover a gamut of areas. Two or three rules can be remembered. Twenty-six
to 30 is almost impossible. I asked Andy to create his own rules for me.
Many wives are saying to themselves that I have just stepped into a
dangerous territory; however, he is reasonable, and I will do my best to
remember his small list.
His list basically states one rule. Unless told
differently, I am to be virtually invisible, unheard and unseen. No
problem. I can always learn new things. Thus, I began my lessons to
become invisible, which was a challenge, but not impossible. I started
with little techniques, like sneaking up on the dog and climbing into
bed without ruffling the covers. Are these activities symptoms of “buck
fever”? I do feel a little weird. The dog thinks I’ve lost my mind, and
it takes me 20 minutes to get in bed.
is getting used to the
stealth of his predator.
I wonder if there is a vaccine or medicine available for
this fever. What am I thinking? It will be rather difficult to diagnose
me, since I am invisible. Now I know why many hunters become absent
during the hunting season. It is not that they are purposefully missing
work, ignoring appointments, or neglecting important events, they are
simply invisible. That really does explain a great deal.
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