Nathan Mrnak, WI
My dad and I have a long standing tradition on Labor Day weekend ... every year no matter what, we find the time to hang one treestand together to hunt whitetail deer. This tradition has overcome the rain, heat, and even for the last 3 years an 8-hour drive one way that he makes to spend time with me in the woods. It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn from this old timer as he looks over the terrain and finds that perfect tree for me to hang the stand in.
Now fast forwarding a month and a half as I watch this nice nine-pointer make his way into shooting range. All I can think of is how this deer must have been listening to my dad explain to me that on Labor Day weekend how a buck would navigate the bench on the hillside as he made his way to the thick bedding area located just beyond my stand.
Before I knew it I was at full draw, centering my 30-yard pin on the buck's vitals. I watched as my arrow find its mark, and I could feel the immediate appreciation I have for the one who introduced me to this wonderful sport.
Even though it is not the largest buck, I had the privledge to harvest it - and it is definitely my best and most memorable hunt.
To all the dads that took the time or are taking the time to introduce their kids to hunting ... thank you for keeping the tradition.
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