I bonded with my Dad through hunting. Dad and I both found peace while in the woods. It began when I was about nine years old and Dad took me rabbit hunting with our Beagle. I remember walking behind him through the fields, waiting for our dog Suzie to scare up a rabbit.
Then he took me with him to help build a blind for deer hunting. I spent hours with him out in the yard while he practiced his bow and arrow shooting. I remember sitting in the tree in the large branch above him while he bow hunted. I’ve seen him aim and shoot a deer, then I would help him track the deer and field dress it. Later that fall when we ate the meat in chili or spaghetti, I knew exactly how that venison got on our table. As I got older, I started hunting deer with a rifle behind our house in the large woods. We would hunt with neighbors, my brother, and cousins. It was a family tradition.
My Dad was a true sportsman. He did not enjoy the killing of an animal; he harvested the animal to provide food for our family. I remember once he shot a deer and it did not die right away, and as he put it out of its suffering, he was crying. Dad enjoyed being out in the woods, taking in all of God’s creation. The hours spent hunting provided a lot of time to think and observe nature. Dad has had Hawks land next to him while sitting in a tree, a Chickadee land on his gun, and a Porcupine climb up the same tree he was in! Dad once told me that he does a lot of praying while passing the time in his deer blind. As time went on I hunted with my Dad, husband and son. It was such a blessing to hunt with these men in the place that I grew up, walking the same hills and swamps of northern Michigan.
Now Dad is gone and how I wish I could have one more opening day to hunt with him. But as I look through the pictures and see the many deer horns on the wall, I know how blessed I am to have had such a remarkable man for my Dad.
It’s time to sight in Dad’s .270!
Lori works at the St. Clair County Metropolitan Planning Commission and is a Planner II/GIS (she makes Maps!). Lori also serves on the board of Bridge Builders Counseling & Mentoring, and Earth Learning Adventures, and is active in her Women’s Life Chapter 807. Lori supports A Beautiful Me because she wants every girl to know that she is valued by God beyond measure. Lori encourages families to take their girls out into the woods to learn the lessons that God has to teach us through nature.