Why this woman looks forward to deer season every year.
As featured in Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Whitetails Fall 2017 “This Is Why I Hunt”
by Bonita Ysen (local hunting enthusiast)
Hunting is a way of life in this family. As an avid outdoors woman, it's also how I feed my family. All the meat we consume is farm raised on our own farm, hunted and fished. Being able to be self sufficient is just one of many satisfactions that I get from hunting. With that being said, I look forward to deer season each and every year.
I enjoy being out in the deer stand on a cold, crisp winter morning listening to all the nature sounds around me. Waiting. I take in the peacefulness and the get-away from life itself. It's a way to reflect and enjoy some down time to gather my thoughts. However, I enjoy the excitement and the gratefulness of the kill. The adrenaline rush I get when I see a deer in the distance. The calmness I get when I watch a doe and her fawns as I wait for my buck. The heart pounding excitement when I have my finger on the trigger ready to pull. I'm very thankful for each and every kill as it means we eat for the next year. We rely on it.
Hunting is not a sport for my family. It's a way of life. It means eating healthy, learning patience, self-reflection, and the satisfaction you get from the harvest.
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