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OUTDOOR TRUTHS: Preparing for the Upcoming Deer Season

By Gary Miller

I know you may not want to hear about it but I’ve scheduled a few days away next week to work on the upcoming deer season. Since I won’t be able to hunt this location until November, I need to get as much preparation done now in order to limit my groundwork then. I’ve got to move a tree stand, put out a trail camera, and scout another site for a stand. Again, I’ll not return to this land until the day I hunt.

In the past few years I have come home empty-handed. I had some opportunities for smaller bucks but this place is home to some big ones that seem to have lately been just outside the range of my bow hunting abilities. I brushed it off as nothing until I looked back and discovered just how long it had been since I had taken a buck on this property. Those statistics made me move. I’ll let you know in December if my new plans worked. I do know this, however; what I have been doing has not been working.

Most everyone has heard the phrase “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Even though I tend to challenge clichés, this one is a principle that rings true. The question then remains, “Am I satisfied with what I’m getting?” Or “Am I having the results that I want?” The cold hard facts however are not found in my opinion or in my emotional response but they are in, well, the cold hard facts. So many times we tend to believe what we want to believe. We also tend to cast blame on anyone or anything but ourselves. While the blame may or may not be ours, we would all do well to always add this possibility to the equation. There is actually something refreshing when everything is on the table. The refreshing thing is that my pride is not standing in the way of me being willing to see the situation as it really is. The cold hard facts concerning my recent deer hunting in this location, is that I have been unsuccessful and for years I blamed everything else but my stand placement. This year, I’ll take the blame and move. I still might not harvest the buck I’m looking for but there is one thing for sure; I will not be doing what I’ve always done.

Perhaps this week you need to change your stand location in some area of your life. It might be in your business, your home, or in your spiritual life. The new placement may not produce anything different but the new perspective it brings may just reveal to you where the real answer is to be found.

Gary Miller can be reached via e-mail at

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