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Saw this posted on Facebook by a guy named Sam Leatherman  and figured it was worth a share. Definitely what it’s all about. I hope when that day comes for me I can enjoy it just as much. 

 

This season is the 14th season I have been a professional guide or with a hunting organization. Whether I'm hunting for myself or guiding clients I am hunting for large mature animals to harvest...except this time, this week I let my client shoot a small immature buck.This time my client was a 72 year old man named Dick. Dick has hunted all over the country in his lifetime and harvested some truly remarkable animals, but this time was different. This was Dicks last deer hunt and possibly last hunt ever.   His 5 day hunt was shorten to 3 days because his body just couldn't handle the mountains anymore, as we sat in the truck waiting for the defroster to clear the ice from the windshield he looked and me and said "Sam this may be my last day I ever hunt, let's have fun". I smiled.
Mid morning we saw a buck heading to bed and Dicks eyes lite up in a way that I have seen hundreds of times, guiding over the years. Once I got a good look at the deer I instantly knew this buck was too small and young and that in a couple years it could be a giant, that's what my eyes and mind saw. My soul however saw something completely different, my soul saw an old man sitting beside me doing what he loves one last time, a man that some day each of us will become as we long to experience the success of a hunt one last time. As the deer bedded down and Dick asked me what I thought I spoke from the soul and not from the mind..."let's see if we can get a shot".
Hours later I watched tears stream down Dicks face and turn to sobs as he touch a buck he had harvested, for the last time. 

As we packed the buck out, my shoulders burning from the weight of the buck on my back I never turned around to check how the guys behind me where doing, I didn't want them to see the tears coming down my face. As I hiked with Dicks last buck on my back I silently prayed that God will always keep me humble as someday I too will have my last hunt, and secondly that when I am old and on my last hunt that some young whippersnapper guide will let me shoot a young buck just to have that feeling one more time.

Here's to you and your last buck Dick, a heck of a buck it is.

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Who the hell is cutting onions in here?!?! I think I got dust in both my eyes. Extremely touching story. When I was young in Greece I was helping one of my grandmother's cousins load up his donkey with wood.  He got tired and I said something to bust his chops. He turned to me, smiled, and said something I'll never forget.. He said "Where you are now, I was, and where I am now, you will be one day"

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Who the hell is cutting onions in here?!?! I think I got dust in both my eyes. Extremely touching story. When I was young in Greece I was helping one of my grandmother's cousins load up his donkey with wood.  He got tired and I said something to bust his chops. He turned to me, smiled, and said something I'll never forget.. He said "Where you are now, I was, and where I am now, you will be one day"

The donkey was the Cadillac of the villages


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Its all Greek to me

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1 minute ago, Swamprat said:

Beautiful post. It's why we do what we do. 

If reading something like that doesn't make you appreciate life, appreciate what we do, appreciate why we do it....

You suck. Lol 

Stories like this is exactly why a lot of hunters get out there and do what we do. We should all try to give back to the older generations that paved the way for us to enjoy things such as hunting. I wish my grandfather was still around for one last hunt and see him harvest a deer. I also cherish every time I get out with my dad as he is now 65. They both taught me everything I know about hunting. 

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