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If you really study this picture you’ll notice there is no deer in it.  And there’s a good reason for that.  Just like this photo, I returned home from yesterday’s hunt with no deer.  That’s where today’s story begins. 
It’s a story of failure - something you don’t see/hear much on social media 🤔💡
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I’m not going to lie to you and pretend this post is to inspire you to openly share your failures. It’s not. (But we should) My motives with this post are purely selfish.  I’m in need of a therapist, and this cathartic post is the most readily available method at my disposal.  So, for the remainder of this caption, you’re the Doc. and I’m on the therapy couch.
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[SCENE]  Yesterday I had a dream encounter with the biggest buck I’ve ever seen.  The kind of buck you see on other people’s walls, in magazines, and on hunting shows - but never when you’re hunting.  I couldn’t have scripted a better opportunity. 50 yards away, nothing but majestic antlers floating above scruffy cedars. Then he stepped in to the opening, pausing broadside in my crosshair for what seemed like an eternity. Perfect shot.  Breathing & heart rate controlled ✅ 
Safety off ✅ .
I squeeze the trigger and…  NOTHING. As in NOTHING FREAKING HAPPENED⁉️
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First thought: I know I took the safety off.
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(checks safety)  Get buck back in crosshairs. Second chance…  Pull the trigger and…  NOTHING.  WTF⁉️🤬 (checks rifle)  At this point, our buck decides something is amiss, so he hightails it out of there…  And this is where our story ends. The one that got away. This majestic creature is still out there, and I’ll have this memory forever 🙂 Thanks for listening doc 👊🏼.
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#hunting #nature #outdoors #theonethatgotaway #fishing #camping #deer #hiking #wildlife #bucks #adventure #failure #therapy
If you really study this picture you’ll notice there is no deer in it. And there’s a good reason for that. Just like this photo, I returned home from yesterday’s hunt with no deer. That’s where today’s story begins. It’s a story of failure - something you don’t see/hear much on social media 🤔💡 . I’m not going to lie to you and pretend this post is to inspire you to openly share your failures. It’s not. (But we should) My motives with this post are purely selfish. I’m in need of a therapist, and this cathartic post is the most readily available method at my disposal. So, for the remainder of this caption, you’re the Doc. and I’m on the therapy couch. . [SCENE] Yesterday I had a dream encounter with the biggest buck I’ve ever seen. The kind of buck you see on other people’s walls, in magazines, and on hunting shows - but never when you’re hunting. I couldn’t have scripted a better opportunity. 50 yards away, nothing but majestic antlers floating above scruffy cedars. Then he stepped in to the opening, pausing broadside in my crosshair for what seemed like an eternity. Perfect shot. Breathing & heart rate controlled ✅ Safety off ✅ . I squeeze the trigger and… NOTHING. As in NOTHING FREAKING HAPPENED⁉️ . First thought: I know I took the safety off. . (checks safety) Get buck back in crosshairs. Second chance… Pull the trigger and… NOTHING. WTF⁉️🤬 (checks rifle) At this point, our buck decides something is amiss, so he hightails it out of there… And this is where our story ends. The one that got away. This majestic creature is still out there, and I’ll have this memory forever 🙂 Thanks for listening doc 👊🏼. . #hunting #nature #outdoors #theonethatgotaway #fishing #camping #deer #hiking #wildlife #bucks #adventure #failure #therapy
“Been hunting?” “Get anything?” Those were always the first questions my father in law would ask when I saw him.  Even if it wasn’t hunting season, we would talk hunting and I would show him pictures from hunting trips or trail camera photos or photos from friends and family’s hunts.  His smile lit up the room. The way his eyes would light up every time I told him a story brings tears to my eyes now.
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After he lost the ability to speak he would draw me pictures of the times he killed a bear or wolf.
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About 6 weeks before he passed, he gave all of his hunting rifles to his grandchildren and his hunting buddies.
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Except this one.
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He wanted me to have this one.
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This pump action .30-06 was his “big game” gun used in those bear and wolf hunts.  I’d never seen it before the day he insisted I take it. 
Now it’s my rifle.  To say it is special is an understatement.  Sighting in this rifle and harvesting game with it are incredibly sentimental moments as I get to continue family traditions and honor his memory.
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It’s more than a gun.  It’s memory and spirit of @dkterdonna father.  For centuries men have passed knowledge and tools from one generation to the next in order to provide for their families. Chief among them were the weapons used to acquire food &/or protect the homestead.
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Some things have power and significance beyond the surface level. This is one of those moments.
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Special thank you to @sd.evolution for braving the 33 degree rain to help make it happen. ❄️🎯 #bebetter #dobetter #family #guns #hunting #tradition #connection #camo #outdoors #nature #biggame #fuckcancer
“Been hunting?” “Get anything?” Those were always the first questions my father in law would ask when I saw him. Even if it wasn’t hunting season, we would talk hunting and I would show him pictures from hunting trips or trail camera photos or photos from friends and family’s hunts. His smile lit up the room. The way his eyes would light up every time I told him a story brings tears to my eyes now. . After he lost the ability to speak he would draw me pictures of the times he killed a bear or wolf. . About 6 weeks before he passed, he gave all of his hunting rifles to his grandchildren and his hunting buddies. . Except this one. . He wanted me to have this one. . This pump action .30-06 was his “big game” gun used in those bear and wolf hunts. I’d never seen it before the day he insisted I take it. Now it’s my rifle. To say it is special is an understatement. Sighting in this rifle and harvesting game with it are incredibly sentimental moments as I get to continue family traditions and honor his memory. . It’s more than a gun. It’s memory and spirit of @dkterdonna father. For centuries men have passed knowledge and tools from one generation to the next in order to provide for their families. Chief among them were the weapons used to acquire food &/or protect the homestead. . Some things have power and significance beyond the surface level. This is one of those moments. . Special thank you to @sd.evolution for braving the 33 degree rain to help make it happen. ❄️🎯 #bebetter #dobetter #family #guns #hunting #tradition #connection #camo #outdoors #nature #biggame #fuckcancer