September 30, 2022

A Hunting We Will Go…. A Hunting We Will Go….

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Man, it’s that time of the year again when everyone starts getting it real bad. It of course is the urge, that unrelenting drive, that almost totally debilitating force that comes over hunters as the seasons approach.

Many states have or are soon to begin opening days of some species of hunting. Dove opens in many states as does archery for several species – antelope and deer. In Maine the black bear season begins next week.

Several bird seasons will also commence – grouse, dove, pheasant, etc.

I have worn many hats in my previous years and when that trigger finger begins twitching it is next to impossible to get anything done. Ever try pounding in a nail when your trigger finger gets acting up? How about using a pen or a pencil? All of this physical handicap and we haven’t begun to mention the mental incapacitation that befalls even the strongest of hunters.

There is really only one known cure – go hunting! If you work for someone, they have to understand that this is a serious illness. The employer and the employee hopefully have worked out an agreement that protects the employee when they come to the boss and tell them about their problem. These are the kinds of people to work for, the understanding type.

If you’re self-employed you don’t have to deal with that but if you have clients waiting on work to be done, any good friend, preferably another hunter, can help you with coming up with the right excuses. Don’t ask a fellow hunter who has the desease more than you do. He can’t think right and will get you into bigger trouble. You have to find a strong willed hunter with many years experience.

I have been told there are agencies out there that offer assistance to stricken hunters who can only function once in the woods. Many methods have been tried to simulate actual conditions but recent studies have shown that the only absolute known cure is to actually go hunting – carry a gun or a bow.

For those of you who suffer through this season of distractions and twitchy fingers, support groups are available. Simply contact your nearest hunting club and they can direct you to a place to find a good cure.

In the meantime, hang in there. Unfortunately, this season never lasts long enough so that a real hunter can make the necessary adjustments to living a double life – one that shares work with hunting.

I knew I guy who attempted that and now it is clear he is mentally unstable. The only way he can even function at any reasonable level of sanity is to hunt nearly everyday. There is hope.

Tom Remington