The 1997 Hunting Season

One of the things that I enjoy the most about hunting is the solitude of it all... of being alone in the woods with just my thoughts for company.  And yet in truth I am not alone.  When I shot my last deer I shot at him twice.  That morning as I was skinning him out, after the hunt was over, a neighbor came by to see what all the shooting had been about.  He laughed when he saw only one hit on the deer... "You missed him on that first shot, huh.  That's what I figured," he said.

I'm hunting down in South Carolina this year, as I have for the past 6 years, with Arnold Kirk, my hunting buddy and a family friend.  Arnold and his wife Nancy own a beautiful log home on 150+ acres down around Lancaster.  We've put a lot of work into the land, cleaning up from the damage from hurricane Hugo in 1989.  It's a great place to hunt, as I hope some of the pictures on this page will demonstrate.  I've broken the pictures up by weekend.  

October 23-25, 1997

I killed this little three-point on Friday morning.

Here's Arnold holding two of beagle puppies..  That's Brutus on the left and Pinky on the right.  Pinky, sadly, had a major birth defect that we just couldn't do anything for.  She was put to sleep today, 10/25.

I took this as we relaxed between the morning and afternoon hunts on 10/25.  From left to right, that's Arnold, Clint Beaver, and Doug Beaver.  The Beavers live just down the road from Arnold's farm.

Next week... Ted and I go to Estill, South Carolina for a combination wild boar and deer hunt.