‘Burning the candle’

Time. It’s a precious thing, they say.

For a hunter, it’s everything. For a hunter who works, time in the woods can be quite limited. For me, my time gets crunched on both ends — up early to hunt, grab a quick 45 minute nap, and then off to work for a shift that often lasts close to 11 p.m.

At 45, I don’t hold up as well as I used to when it comes to “burning the candle at both ends.” Still, I try.

The alarm will go off at 4:35 a.m. tomorrow. Right now it’s 10:49 p.m. and I’m at the office. I wish I had a little more time to rest.

But it’s the rut, the prime time to hunt whitetail in Pennsylvania. I couldn’t prove it though, as I haven’t seen a deer in over three weeks. That’s a heck of a drought in anyone’s hunting log. I’d like to burn my 2015 season log and start over.

Time doesn’t work that way, though, and we get what the woods gives us.

There is two weeks left in the early archery season in Pennsylvania. It’s my favorite time to be in the woods. I’ll never complain about my lack of sleep because I know all too soon this season will be over. I’ll be wondering if I gave the season an honest effort.

Sports and hunting — it’s my two favorite passions and I’m lucky enough to partake in both. As for the time to enjoy both, I make the time. Well, with a little help of a trusted alarm clock that reminds me it’s time to start a new day all over again.










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