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  • Bittersweet Buck

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    November 7th was a very emotional day. I woke up super excited because I had taken off work counting on it being a prime time to kill a big buck. I was feeling blessed because it was my momís birthday and I was doing what I enjoy most about this time of year; hunting with my dad. I had got a glimpse of a nice buck in the area several weeks prior and had been carefully planning on how to get a shot at him. I had even confided in a couple of my hunting mentors; one of those being my dad who has taught me mostly what I know about hunting. I took his advice for my evening hunt. My hunt was not going exactly as planned; you know one of those hunts that nothing goes right. I was running late. I made a ridiculous amount of noise walking in. I thought for sure I had scared every deer in Moore County off. Frustrated, I was sitting there anyway and all of the sudden my prayers were answered when I saw a nice buck coming straight toward me. I was so excited when that 10pt beauty hit the ground! My dad got there shortly. He was excited too but I could tell something wasnít quite right. Thatís when he told me he had just gotten a call that my grandpa was being transported to the hospital and was not doing well. I immediately got a sickening feeling. My dad tried to lift my spirits by rambling on about how nice the buck was. Standing there my dad got the dreaded call that my grandpa had passed away. There were not many conversations I had with my grandpa that didnít involve hunting. I stood there smiling and crying at the same time. All I could think at that moment was that I wish I could have shown my grandpa my buck, but I know he is looking down and smiling.
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    Yes
    Bittersweet for sure but what a memory that buck will carry with him.. I guess you can associate the times you had with your grandpa with that hunt and one heck of an animal - congrats!
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    Wow
    As FairChase said above, bittersweet indeed. I can picture you now, with your dad, and that buck, emotions coursing through your mind and heart. Special for the 2 of you to be there together, both knowing what that would have meant to your grandfather. Consider it a blessing to have had such a great relationship with him. You'll always think of him when you think of this hunt, see the photos, or when you see this deer on the wall (hopefully, you're mounting him!).
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    Bittersweet indeed.
    My hope for you is that though you can't help but associate your bagging that beautiful buck with the day your Grandfather went to be with the Lord, that over time it will become a more and more special association and ultimately that buck will mean even more to you for that very reason. Your description of it being 'bittersweet' is very appropriate. My hope for you is that over time the memories associated with that gorgeous buck will become more and more sweet...and less and less bitter. Thank you for sharing your story.
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