Well, the November-type weather is going out in October just like it arrived. In fact, there is a little of that white stuff floating around. It sure made for an interesting month but then again this is the U.P. where we sit between two of the great lakes. Of course we usually do not have our weather affected by such a large weather pattern coming from the east like this one.
But if you have watched any national weather with all the snow in West Virginia and the problems out east, you have to admit we still have a lot to be thankful for.
I had been thinking that with the type summer weather we had we could be in for a cold winter with way more snow than last year. So what happens, I receive a weather map that shows we are suppose to have another warm dry winter with less than normal snow fall again this year. It is supposed to be real dry out west of us and dryer than normal coming toward us.
Just think by the time you read this week’s article we will be into November and this means deer hunting in the U.P. at its finest. It is the time for families to get together with friends and relatives to enjoy life.
It has been over 60 years since I spent any amount of time up at deer camp with dad and my brothers but the memories are still as clear as can be in my mind. Some good times are never forgotten.
Back then (in the 60’s) there were not a lot of deer to be had and once in a while we managed to get one but the times spent at camp were the best part of deer season.
In today’s world some deer camps are really a year around house only it sits out in the woods. A real deer camp should not have all the benefits of home.
In fact, I’m not sure a real deer camp should have a TV, microwave, a furnace, and even electricity is optional. A true deer camp does not even have a sink but still uses dish pans. If you have indoor plumbing you have moved into the modern world and will soon forget the unreal feeling in having to use an outhouse when it is around zero out with blowing snow.
Here are a few deer camp words of wisdom adapted from something that was sent to me.
Don’t name a deer you plan to shoot. Don’t corner something in the woods that is meaner than you are. Don’t judge people by their hunting buddies or relatives. Remember a bumble bee is faster than a John Deere tractor. Forgive your enemies, it messes with their head. Live a good, honorable life, then when you get older and think back you’ll enjoy it a second time. If you find yourself in a hole stop digging. If it don’t seem like it’s worth the effort, it probably ain’t. Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.
Some more, the biggest troublemaker you’ll probably have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning. If you think you’re a person of some influence, try ordering someone else’s hunting dog around. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. Great hunting skills come from lots of “I wish I had” encounters in previous hunts. It is better to be a has-been than a never was. The easiest way to eat crow is while it is still warm, the colder it gets the harder it is to swallow.
If the grandkids are allowed to come up to deer camp and miss school a lot of times grandma and grandpa (usually grandma) have to help them with their schoolwork.
In today’s world so many things have been changed so it is really hard for the “over the hill” gang to help them out. So sometimes grandpa just has to do the best he can.
Grandson asking grandpa questions at deer camp.
Q: Name the four seasons. A: salt pepper, mustard and ketchup.
Q: How is dew formed? A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q: How can you delay milk turning sour? A: Leave it in the cow
Q: What is a fibula A: A small lie.
Q: What does varicose mean? A: Nearby.
Q: What is a seizure? A: A Roman emperor.
Q: What is a terminal illness? A: When you get sick at the airport.
Q: How are the parts of the body categorized? A: The body is consisted into three parts – the brainium, the borax and abdominal cavity. The braininium contains the brian, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and abdominal cavity contains the five bowels, A, E, I, O, and U.
Q: What does the word “benign” mean? A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.