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The Back 40

The Ironic Sportsman By John A. Hallock

Posted on June 22, 2015 at 8:15 PM

   “They’ say love makes the world go around. I don’t agree, not if ‘they’ are a sportsman like me. It’s irony. That’s right irony makes the world go around.

   Here’s a perfect example if ‘they’ are both fishermen and hunters. Who isn’t? It goes like this; June is all but over which means in this neck of the woods there are only 3 ½ or 4 months of open water fishing left until freeze up. The time will fly by. At the same time there is 3 ½ to 4 months left until really, really good deer hunting, first with bow and then with rifle and black powder. That time will barely drag. It means days will tick off fast and slow at the same time. Irony.

   But that’s surely not the only irony in my life. It is also ironic that in our house deer season also happens to be chore season. Deer season means bringing home meat for winter but chore season means insulating the attic for winter. That means food or heat, together, at the same time. Ironic.

   The real dilemma for a bow hunter comes when his wife has other ideas for his time than hunting on a cold November morning. He can stay home in a warm bed with her, or go bow hunting in a cold stand for a big buck. What it boils down to is dear hunting or deer hunting, either way he both wins and loses. Now that’s what I call, the ironic sportsman.

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