Sunday, November 11, 2012

Comrades

Gentle readers.... 

If you are squeamish, then please look away.

 This weekend was opening day for deer season here in Kentucky. Yes, bow and muzzle loader season have had their day, but this is the big day. The day the, "men", all gather to usher in the season.  The women cook for them.  Old school, I know, but it is the truth. 

The Deerslayer lived up to his name and took a ten point buck on opening morning.  I realize you cannot see most of his face due to the shade from his cap, but this is how he rolls these days.  



This group of guys, including his dad, have had him out in the field since he had to have help holding his gun.  They look a bit rat-tag in this photo, but rest assured there is one city councilman,  a state trooper, a doctor, our own small town insurance man, and police officers in this bunch.   

They are a mixed lot, that is for certain, but they help each other no matter the circumstance nor the project. 




This year they were missing one other very important gentleman.  Our own small town family physician passed away and was attending in spirit this year.  In his honor they each took a gun, from his collection, to hunt with for opening day. 

comrade - noun.  a faithful friend, a colleague

And, so much more.  


31 comments:

  1. I'm pleased to note that several of the top deer taken and shown in the Rochester Mn daily paper were brought in by women. On the other hand I gave up bow hunting for deer years ago being utterly inept at it...:)

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  2. I see nothing wrong with hunting, especially when the animal is used for food, and the hide for other purposes. It must have been sad for them missing a part of the group.

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  3. a sweet remembrance for the gentleman that passed. a good tradition to carry on.

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  4. What a nice way to remember someone.

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  5. Congratulations to the Deerslayer! Looks like the guys even had nice weather too. Can't ask for much more. Hope you've enjoying the weekend!

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  6. Congrats to your son! I think your group of men are just gorgeous.. hurray for the USA to produce such fine guys! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  7. love how they remembered the doctor. :)

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  8. Well......Love deer, not into hunting, but then there are sports men then there are ;:/,!!!$'holes that kill for the sake of killing....Hate poachers so, Like she said, as long as the deer is eaten, guess it's o.k. Blessings Francine.

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  9. Nice shots. Good think I am not a meat eater.

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  10. Your opener is a week before ours...congrats to your handsome son. What a nice 'high-rise' buck he harvested. My Man harvested a doe with his bow. He was hoping all would go well since he's lost his central vision in his 'shootin'eye.'
    Nice bunch of Men giving great tribute to their friend.
    BlessingsAllAroundTheCamp,CooksToo

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  11. What I really liked about the whole thing is how the whole town comes together!! Wonderful title, so apt.
    Have a lovely day Michelle :)

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  12. You have made a terrific portrait for the Deerslayer. You don't need to see his eyes under that cap's bill to know that they are clear and focused.

    I admire the gesture by which your husband and his buddies showed respect to their late friend.

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  13. I'm glad they enjoyed their hunt. I LOVE venison! My crew spent many hours hunting in years past, but they haven't had a chance to hunt much lately. Enjoy!

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  14. Whoa- that's a nice one! Congrats to Deerslayer!

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  15. What a nice tribute to their friend. Congrats to Deerslayer!

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  16. Great post, great pictures, great guys!

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  17. the only thing i look forward to during deer huning season...is when the hunters dump the carcass so i can find the skull...clean it & paint it!! =)

    that was a nice way for the group to honor their missing member!

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  18. your picture is fantastic but hunting is not my thing...

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  19. Congrats to your Deerslayer, who has become quite a handsome young man. A great group of friends to honor the one missing.

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  20. Think I just lost a comment without signing it.
    Congrats to your Deerslayer, who has become a handsome young men.
    Such a nice way to honor the one missing.

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  21. Michelle...I turned those photos before I posted and they still turned up being posted sideways. Any other help maybe? Thanks for your comments.

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  22. Wowza!!!! Good job to them!
    LOVE deer sausage sticks!

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  23. Deerslayer looks very content with his prize hunt. Do you butcher the deer for food? The guys seem like a wonderful small town group, great mateship.

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  24. Awesome shot. Glad to see this tradition ongoing and being passed on. Nice tribute to their fallen colleague.

    [btw - enjoy your playlist - always have to stay here a spell]

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  25. Good job by your son! I know deer hunting is valuable to keep the deer population down so they all benifit by having enough food to eat in the wild. It was nice to remember the man who was lost this year and carry on in his memory.

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  26. A very nice trophy for the beginning of the season. I love hunting myself, although we dont have our stags quite as large as your breeds. Makes for an entertaining day out though.

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  27. Good for your son's kill. No, we're not squeamish around here. We've got fresh venison in the freezer, too. It's a rite of passage in our family for the guys (& some gals) to put some winter game on ice. We'll be making a big pot of venison chili over Thanksgiving, I'm sure! I'm proud to see young people taking up those arms and learning to take care of themselves. It gives them such self-assurance these days not to mention carrying on the old ways.

    What a sweet thought for them to all hunt with their comrade's guns!

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  28. So interesting to see what your hunting parties look like. My father had a pheasant shoot, and also stalked deer and stags. A Scottish hunting party would be dressed in tweed - tweed trousers/knickerbockers, woollen stockings, waxed waterproof jackets, tweed hats. But like yours, it would be made up of a cross-section of the community.

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