I know, where will you go now for some guy’s Thunder basketball commentary or to post countless comments spewing hatred towards Oklahoma City? Well, just keep doing it here I guess.
I am going deer hunting with my family and I’ll be gone until next Wednesday. I can’t wait. Deer hunting has been a Young family tradition since 1948 so this year will be 60 years of it. Awesome. And this will be year 18 for myself. Deer camp to the Young family is one of the very most important things to us. My father actually said to my mom on their very first date: “How would you feel about maybe never spending Thanksgiving with your husband?”
She said, “Why?
He said, “Because I go deer hunting with my family.”
That’s what it’s about for us. It’s something that’s literally just part of our blood. Family, friends, fire, food, guns and lots and lots of Oklahoma football talk. Trucks stuck in the mud. Getting on a four wheeler at six in the morning only to have the cold air knock your breath out when you take off. Rehashing the same yearly stories of years past, but loving them more and more each year. Spitting in the dirt. Talking with a little thicker country accent than you actually have. Sitting in a tree stand with just you, nature, a rifle and your thoughts. Nothing beats it. Lord, I love it.
I’ll actually be making a possible reappearance Saturday because I’ll be making the drive back to go to the OU/Tech game before waking up early Sunday and going back down.
In case you’re wondering, we go hunting in Cloudy, Oklahoma. It’s in the southeastern part of the state, just a little south of Antlers and a little north of Idabel. It’s roughly three and half to four hours from Norman. It’s public land. We don’t use feeders. The land isn’t stocked. This is real hunting. Brush so thick you couldn’t shoot a bullet through it. Dirt roads and terrible cell phone reception. If you even get lucky enough to see anything, that’s an accomplishment in itself. But that’s what makes it so satisfying when you get the job done.
So anyway, I’ll be back next week to talk it up and hopefully the Thunder will give me a nice surprise with a win in the left-hand part of that column. Take care and go Thunder. Well, go as much as they possibly can.