Sunday, September 8, 2013
Hunting Is Big Business In South Texas
Everywhere you look they are getting ready for the big day. Deer blinds and deer feeders being moved to what someone surmises will be a better location. Last week I was behind a man in check-out at Walmart* who had sack after sack stacked on his cart of deer corn. I didn't even know they sold such a thing. Yes they start feeding weeks ahead of time. Some ranches have even gone to leasing out hunting rights instead of raising cattle. When we went to the ranch this afternoon we were surprised to see the hunters on the west area and the back forty had planted oats or something to draw in the deer and the wild hogs. We were just out there yesterday and that little crop wasn't in the ground. They were busy while we were at church. We have time to visit before church and one man who lives down the road from the church said a wild hog had attacked his dog and he had to patch him up. He also says the hogs come up to the church at times. They can be vicious and destructive so they do need to be done away with but the pretty deer? Yes they need to be thinned out too and what is the difference in eating vinison and beef? I had a chance to kill one once with a pretty stack of horns and I couldn't pull the trigger. I think that's called "buck fever". I did enjoy sitting in a deer blind with Mel on his grandmother's ranch on a cold late afternoon watching for a deer to come out of the brush. I always secretly wished he wouldn't get a perfect bead on that deer. Would have much prefered him aiming with a good camera. It was some good times together though and was worth me getting scolded for my stomach growling. He thought that would scare the deer off. If I got tired sitting on that uncomfortable can and my eyes so cold I couldn't see well into the brush I would count Daddylonglegs spiders up in the corner of the blind. It did get cold in winter back then here in south Texas. Now it's hot for most of the season or goes back to hot after a cool spell. I don't know when the deer season actually starts here, probably not until November but when it does we won't be spending much time on the back forty and the cattle may be penned out of there so someone doesn't look at a cow and see a deer and aim.