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Deer Hunting Summed Up in Unique Way

I am currently in the field enjoying spending quality time with family and friends during Nebraska’s 2015 firearm deer hunting season (despite some of our ever-changing Nebraska weather conditions, HA!).

We are seeing improved numbers of white-tailed deer on our farm and the adjacent farms that we hunt in southeastern Nebraska and had success on the opening weekend.

My 18 year-old son Noah, a high school senior, who has enjoyed playing football at Omaha’s Creighton Prep High School, sums up his firearm deer hunting experience in this rather unique way.

Photo by Mark Davis.
Photo by Mark Davis.

Deer hunting for me is a quiet, intensely personal sport I share with my Dad. It’s one that has no grandstands, no spectators, no concession stands. It’s one that takes you away from the Smart phones, big screen TVs, XBox games and a lot more. It gives me a great opportunity to talk to my Dad without being interrupted. 

Deer hunting forces you to slow down, focus, be still and patient, and observe nature in a very close way.

The wildlife we see and hear sitting in a treestand or ground blind makes deer hunting so special — the chatter of a fox squirrel, coyotes yipping in the distance and watching those “crazy” wild turkey flocks.  

turkeysblind
Wild turkeys walk a harvested soy bean field just down the hill from a ground blind.

There are no home field advantages in deer hunting like there are in football. In fact, every time I go deer hunting, I see it as an away game against the toughest of competitors – white-tailed deer – who have keen senses and know their home field intricately.

The hours of this unique sport are measured by the path of the sun, rather than by a scoreboard clock and that’s one of the many things I like about it!

Sunrise from the deer hunting treestand in the woods of southeastern Nebraska.
Sunrise from the deer hunting treestand in the woods of southeastern Nebraska.

Deer hunting is like no other sport I have ever experienced, it’s more of a lifestyle, and it’s hard to describe how incredible it is!   

Noah Wagner with his white-tailed deer buck he harvested during the 2015 Nebraska firearm deer hunting season.
Noah Wagner with his white-tailed deer buck he harvested during the 2015 Nebraska firearm deer hunting season.

About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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