Everybody Is Seeing Deer...Except Me
by Tim Smith
The Story: Is it just me? Am I plagued? Have I contracted a species of cootie that repels the North American Whitetail? Have I lost my mojo or did I ever really have mojo? Self-doubt and countless questions like these have recently invaded my psyche. It seems like every Tom, Dick and Harry in my neck of the woods is seeing deer-and a lot of them-except for this guy. Every bubba on my block feels compelled to tell me about "Buster-Big-Buck and their band of Buckaroos". The only response I've been able to muster lately is.... "I saw one heck of a grey squirrel the other day-I also got a glimpse of a Pope and Young chipmunk. Man, those big squirrels really get a guy fired up!"
Have the deer in my hunting area been kidnapped, abducted by space aliens that love tasty venison tenderloins or have they taken on the instincts of a Caribou and felt an unrelenting urge to migrate to the Alaskan Tundra? Although possible, I don't think these scenarios are probable.
After breaking down all the possibilities, I think I have come up with a plausible answer. The deer on my property have moved to other areas because that's where they're getting the most nutrition. I've worked hard to create a great deer environment. However, I'll admit, it's not there yet. I've got some work to do. They don't have all the food sources they need. Although I have some great looking food plots, I believing surrounding properties have better nutritional browse and mast crops along with planted food plots. As such, the does go where the food sources are. This time of year the bucks follow the does. It ain't rocket science.
The Word: In a like manner, Moses reminded us and Jesus confirmed, "man can't live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God". (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4) We need the spiritual nutrition that can only be found in God's Word. Are you getting everything you need?
Field Tip: Auburn University has a phenomenal whitetail research program known as Deer Lab. "The goals of Deer Lab are: 1) conduct relevant research that improves current knowledge of the biology, ecology, and management of whitetailed deer and their habitats and 2) disseminate results and knowledge gained from this research to both the scientific community and general public." Their research can certainly help you in creating the environment and nutrition your deer herd needs. Check it out at Deer Lab Website.
If you're not already doing so, I would also encourage you to boost your own spiritual nutrition by taking part in a daily Bible reading plan. The following website has several plans that fit any busy schedule: You Version Bible reading Plan Website
Making Him Known,
by Tim Smith
The Story: I'll admit it. I REALLY get excited when my hard work combines with a well-placed shot. This is especially true when the results are tasty morsels on the table and/or a trophy on the wall.
Let me first say I don't plan the fist pump, high five or the occasional "Breaking Too-Electric Boogaloo" get-down dance that happens in my stand. It just bursts out of me! But, I've also learned that this reaction is quite natural due to a chemical-scientific-hormone thing that happens in the body. Let me pass this process on to you.
Here's how it works: 1) the mere sight of a big buck or long- bearded gobbler kick starts the production of copious amounts of endogenous opioid peptides (a.k.a. endorphins or "jazz juice") in the body, 2) the trigger pull of the weapon or release of an arrow sling shots this mother-lode of jazz juice to our brain's limbic system and our opioid receptors 3) upon arrival of the juice to the opioid receptors, it's game over - a "harvest high" occurs and a man has no control over the style, fury, or fashion of the celebration that happens. It's just science in action and completely natural! (Feel free to use this dialogue as a reference when explaining this phenomena to your spouse.)
The Word: Jesus himself tells us about another type of celebration that occurs in heaven. "...I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents" (Luke 15:10). That's way cool! Every time someone turns to Christ as their Lord and Savior a celebration of Angels occurs. That's way better than any tree stand "get down" here on earth. My question for you today is this; has there been a celebration in heaven because of you.
Field Tip: As proven above, "jazz juice" can result in some serious celebrations in the stand. However, don't let the celebration end in tragedy. According to the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, 55% of elevated stand users still do not use a fall arrest device and 25% of all falls result in some sort of serious injury or death. Bottom line, don't be a statistic. Get a safety harness and use it! Our great friends at Hunter Safety System offer a complete line of safety harnesses that are highly functional and great fitting. Check out their complete line of harnesses at the Hunter Safety System website.
Making Him Known,
Field Tips is a light-hearted look at everything outdoors. The stories will make you laugh, the verses from God's Word will inspire you and it'll always provide a "tip" you can take into the deep woods. The best part is you can read it all in under two minutes (even if you're like me and a proud product of the Alabama Public School System).