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Cherish the moments at the hunting lodge

December 02, 2011 at 04:06 PM

The State Journal-Register

The October issue of Field & Stream named 19 skills you need in a deer hunting camp.

They ranged from putting aspirin tablets in your daypack and tips on washing dishes to bringing earplugs to mute the snoring of the guy sawing logs in the sleeping bag next to you.

Many of the so-called skills are common sense measures most of us have already learned through experience. Valuable as those skills may be, nobody at the Ruttin’ Buck Lodge and Resort wants to remember 19 things that could gum up the works and possibly make them forget why they are there in the first place.

Whether they know it or not, the men and boys at the Ruttin’ Buck Lodge and Resort have whittled down their necessary deer cabin skills to a few that can be counted on one hand.

Don’t assume anything. It’s OK if everybody brings paper products. It’s not OK if nobody does. Excessive chili consumption increases the need for well-stocked facilities.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Jeff is the organizational genius behind all productive deer drives. Let him do it. He’s the George Patton of deer drives with the ability to get more people into position faster and more effectively than anybody else.

When Jeff provides the brains behind the drive, all anybody needs to know is when to be in their assigned spot.

If you think you can hold another piece of Mrs. Shoemaker’s apple pie, eat it now! This is not the time to eat sensibly or exercise undue restraint. You can’t put it in your pocket. Saving it for later it is a lost cause.

A gold bar could sit undisturbed on the cabin kitchen counter for days. But the last piece of that tempting pie resting beside it will never see the light of day.

Respect your elders and your young-ers.

The Ruttin’ Buck Lodge and Resort offers a rare cross-generational experience where high school and college students, fathers, grandfathers and everyone in between all have one thing in common: their love of the outdoors.

That opens the door for young and old alike to learn from each other and develop friendships that will span another generation.

Even at that, it’s OK to poke fun and throw a few mild insults, when there is no malice aforethought.

The slings and blunt-tipped arrows are all part of a meaningful experience.

These are shining times. Never forget how special these days really are.

The calendar holds precious few days in rarified air, when the normal day-to-day takes a breather and when nobody wishes they were somewhere else.

And you can spend all day ... every day out in the wild country with good and trusted friends.

Even when the last piece of pie slips away in the night, it doesn’t get any better than this.

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