Time for turkey!
Thanksgiving is always looked forward to at our house. Through the many years of celebrating Thanksgiving with my wife and children we had a regular routine. I would get up early and get the turkey started. Through the morning I would prepare all the remaining sides and we would normally celebrate our meal by early to mid-afternoon. After coffee and pie the ritual changed as I prepared to leave for the woods and would spend the next 3 days enjoying my favorite outdoor pastime: hunting.
I have been blessed with a wife who understands my passion and has always allowed me to go (of course there is the holiday shopping that starts Friday AM each year that fills up her weekend). There are many things I think we should be thankful for during this special holiday season besides the great food and company we all enjoy:
1. I'm thankful for a family that understands my passion for the outdoors and allows me the opportunity to spend quality time to enjoy this passion.
2. I'm thankful that I live in a country where I have the right to own guns and can continue the hunting tradition that I was exposed to at an early age by my dad and other family members.
3. I'm thankful that I took the time to donate my time in support of disabled hunters. The experiences I had over several years of volunteering gave me a totally new perspective on the capabilities of disabled hunters, who enjoy every moment in the out of doors as much as I do. I wish I had the ability to do more
.4. I'm thankful that we have organizations that allow us the opportunity to donate harvested deer to needy individuals. While I'm limited in my ability to financially support organizations, I can provide meat to those who desperately need the donation to keep food on the families' tables.
5. I'm thankful that many hunting organizations and individuals are making a very strong push to recognize the military veterans by providing them hunting recreation. I am truly touched as I watch the various programs that promote hosting wounded veterans.This is a true reflection of what lies in the hearts of sportsmen who embrace our hunting heritage.
6. I'm thankful for organizations like Buckmasters who recognize the needs of disabled hunters and work to build organizations that provide opportunities for those individuals.
7. I'm thankful that our country is blessed with so many outdoorsmen who don't just consider themselves, but think of others and do their part to help and support our cherished hunting heritage.Give yourself a pat on the back and continue to do your part to not only live this heritage, but to introduce others to it. The ability to share our love for the out of doors is our greatest gift that we can give to others.
Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday, enjoy your family and our great hunting heritage.