The hunting for my family and me could not have been any better on Thanksgiving Day. That morning, my son-in-law David found a deer that he had shot late Wednesday evening. Meanwhile I went fall turkey hunting on a Botetourt County farm where the landowner had assured me that I would be the only one afield. Normally, I don't like to turkey hunt on Thanksgiving Day given the fact that so many others will be deer hunting.
But since I had the farm to myself, I went out after turkeys and at 7:35 A.M., I called in and killed a jenny. Later that day my son Mark drove to a nearby Botetourt County farm, where the plan/hope was for only Mark to be hunting and for him to kill his first ever deer. At 4:55 that evening, Mark did just that, a very satisfying event for the both of us.
Elaine even was involved with the day's events. As she was assisting me in the cleaning of the turkey, I asked her if she would make me a river smallmouth-type fly out of one of the feathers - and that she include the fly in my Christmas stocking.