Saturday while hunting the last day of West Virginia's early muzzleloader season, I killed my first deer of the season - a mature and very hefty Mason County doe. Normally when I kill a deer, it is because I have done extensive scouting and pondered where and when to take a stand.
This time, however, I must give thanks to Chris Walls of Cross Lanes and his dad Morris who lives near Beckley. Chris, director of public relations for the Warner Law Offices in Charleston and who also operates Beyond the Backyard, a popular program for youth interested in the outdoors, made the initial contact of the Mason County landowner who owned the property. And then Morris scouted out the property before I arrived and instructed me where to set up.
Next month, I hope to repay the favor to the father and son team when I take them turkey hunting in Monroe County on opening day of the fall season. When folks go out of the way to help a fellow hunter be successful, it is the least that we can do to repay that kindness. I'll let you know next month how we did.
Meanwhile, Elaine and I spent much of Saturday night and Sunday afternoon turning the whitetail into packages of venison for the winter. For the first time, Elaine canned some venison (picture below) which we have heard makes for great soups. And tomorrow, I will have venison heart sandwiches (whole wheat bread, hard cheddar cheese, brown bread) for my school day lunch.
For more information: www.beyondthebackyard.org.