Deer Season Is Here So Be Nice…

Brad Gill | September 10, 2021

I was at a middle-school football game yesterday afternoon. Amazingly, when I sat down I was within earshot of a fellow who’s coached an NFL Super Bowl team, at least if his critique and criticism of every single play was any indication.

By quarter two, my brain was full. I quietly grabbed my stadium chair and moved to the opposite end of the bleachers. It was amazing. Another guy, this one with at least the same level of credentials, was at the game, too. What are the odds of these two guys at one middle-school football game?

As four quarters of education played out in my ears, I couldn’t help but think about deer season beginning on Saturday morning. I had to think of something to drown out the belittling…

If you took every Georgia hunter and put them into a box, it would represent a very vast group of values, ideologies and preferences.

As the sun rises tomorrow morning, there will be hunters in ground blinds, ladder stands and some who prefer to stalk hunt on the ground. A few will have a homemade recurve, many will have $1,000+ compounds and lots will be using crossbows.

There are those who scouted heavily and will be hunting travel routes to and from bedding areas. Others will be watching muscadines and early persimmons. Some didn’t scout and will choose to sit over $100 worth of corn.

Hunters will stick everything from does to 1 1/2-year-old bucks to those with heavy antlers.

Yep, we are all part of a giant conglomeration of variety.

Here’s the message: If your neighbor, or someone you don’t know on social media, makes a deer-hunting decision that doesn’t line up with your thinking, let me make a strong recommendation to you: Keep your mouth shut!

If Hunter A chooses to legally kill a young buck over corn with a crossbow, and Hunter B has some sort of issue with those decisions that causes diarrhea to protrude from his mouth, Hunter A—and most hunters I know—don’t give a rip what Hunter B has to say about it. Save your breath, don’t use social media for negativity and when in doubt, just zip it, or walk away from your protective keyboard…

To all my hunting friends, stay legal, have fun and by all means, just do your thing this hunting season.

Deer season is here, so be nice.

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  1. 17Tactical on September 11, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Great article.
    A few years ago when my then 7 year old son shot his first deer (a 7 pointer) my neighbor fussed at my son and told him to stop shooting the small deer. Then my neighbor proceeded to tell us that he was a trophy hunter and other people should leave his deer alone so they can grow to mature bucks.
    Funny, at the time he said all of this he was standing on my farm and moving hay bales where I had let him cut hay for free. So, he really got pissed when I stopped letting him cut hay on my place.
    My son still remembers that man’s actions to this day and my son in now 23 years old.
    Your added good advise at the bottom of the article too:
    I would like to add: please remember NO TRESSPASSING too.

  2. 10pointduck on September 10, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you for a great article. In some cases ,people might get to hunt a handful of times. I am just as happy for their deer as I would be for someone with a monster.

  3. Shurlingj on September 10, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Excellent advice. Some people don’t understand what constitutes a trophy to other people. Someone may be on their first hunt and that 4 point they just shot means the world to them. Other hunters that hunt regularly let smaller bucks walk to give them time to grow. People need to learn to mind their own business.

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