After 8 weeks of working 7/12’s, Bob’s project went out on a barge and he got 3 days off. In a row. I worked Friday while Bob recuperated from an 18 hour day. On Saturday morning, we got up at 4:30 a.m. and went to Bayside so Bob could try out his archery skills and possibly kill a big buck.
I have mixed emotions about killing animals. The only time I ever killed a deer was with my 79 Chevette and the deer got the best of the car and me. I have no such mixed emotions about spending time with Bob. I am always glad to do that. Bob, for his part, made sure I had coffee with half and half and a reading light that is invisible to cervids.
We arrived in the field about 5:15 prepared to grocery hunt. At least Bob was. I brought a book (The Camel Knows the Way) which I got for my birthday. Lorna Kelly’s self published book is an incredibly good read. Like all good books, it just isn’t long enough.
I also brought my drawing pad and did some sketching. In a small deer blind, there’s not much to sketch so Bob was my model. He’s not much for sitting still but he did accommodate me by reading the newspaper.
As the light got better, I could do some sketching outside the window. I brought my camera but the deer were like a 10 month old child: very cute until you get the camera out.
It is very difficult being still and quiet for 2 hours. I also nearly got a bladder infection until I said something to Bob and he exploded with laughter. (“OK. Maybe if that big buck were out there, I might want you to hold off on going outside, but really, Margaret. Oh! Oh! I’m having a heart attack but Bob might need to kill a deer.”) I got the point.
Bob didn’t kill anything at all. We saw a whole bunch of deer, but evidently, you use stealth if you want to shoot a deer with a bow and arrow. Bob read a statistic that archery hunters usually don’t expect to get a deer on their first outing. It generally takes 5-6 stalks before you land a deer according to bowhuntinginfo.com so Bob’s got a few more visits to the hunting grounds to get his deer. And I’ve got a few more books to read.