It was nearly 6:30 when I arrived at the farm. I Walked
quietly along the hedgerow leading to a sunken field of clover. As I
got closer, I could see six deer feeding, all does and fawns. Normally
I would would remain out of sight and watch the field, but today was
different. I was not particularly focused on scouting, in fact I could
care less. Crossing the fence in plain sight sent the deer into the
woods. I continued down into the field when another, very close
deer caught my attention. It was a doe. Her head was down, and unaware
of my presence.
The afternoon sun was setting behind this small clover
field - lighting up their small white flowers. The sunlight drew a golden
outline around the doe's silhouette. A soft breeze moved the thousands
of tiny flowers around the deer as she lifted her head then bounded
All was right in this field.
The weight of the day's events had been temporarily
lifted. For a brief moment I was able to refocus my attention on the
magnificence of life. And at that moment I was able to clearly identify
my reasons for hunting. It wasn't that I wanted to be in this field,
today, I needed to be in this field.
As the search continued for survivors of this tragedy,
life went on in that field, oblivious to what happened a short distance
away. I wanted to be oblivious.
On September 11th everything changed for all Americans.
The terrorist act which intended to intimidate us had a different
outcome. It united us. There were no blacks, whites, Hispanics, Jews,
Christians, liberals or conservatives. There was One Nation, under
God, indivisible and ready for justice.
I will never forget that moment. Nothing could have
been more powerful than that doe standing amoung flowers. Evil will
never win. Not, in a clover field in the United States of America.
Our sympathies and prayers are with the victims and
their families of this horrific event. Please take a moment to reflect
as you enter your fields this season.
God Bless America.
Note: Support America by proudly
displaying our great flag, observing the 9/14 day of prayer, giving
blood at your local red cross, donating food, clothing and money to
various organizations and refusing to sell stocks on the market opener
next Monday. Show the forces of evil that their efforts were in vain.
And let's teach them what happens when you mess with the United States