If I’m not mistaken (an extremely rare occurrence) I have written and published a Happy Thanksgiving piece every year for more than 30 years, and I’m raring to do it again, because giving thanks to God for this miracle of life and His spellbinding miraculous creation is the very least that we can do.
I believe there is no other segment of society that better understands the spirit of Thanksgiving than those of us who hunt, fish and trap. Especially given that this special holiday occurs in late November when armies of American conservation/hunting families are still hard at it participating in God’s renewable miracle, hands-on, boots on the grounds, buckpoles-a-sagging!
I for one remain mesmerized each and every day I am on the hunt, and the fact that I am indeed on the hunt each and every day means that I am in awe constantly of the powers and gifts of nature all around me.
In the extremely challenging endeavor to kill a deer with my bow and arrow, I am compelled to a higher level of awareness, resulting in a heightened reverence and fascination with the wild beauty all around me.
I sure don’t wait till Thanksgiving Day to give thanks, for the intimate relationship I share with nature as an actual participant forces me to acknowledge my humble role in His design, and it is impossible to not say thank you for every step I take, every breath I take, and every stunning view, sound, scent and dynamic that is showered upon me.
I will say it here, and I say it every day; Thank You Lord. Thank You very much!
We will gather round the Thanksgiving dinnertable with family and friends. We will hold hands and bow our heads, and say a heartfelt, sincere little prayer of deep appreciation for all the glory He has bestowed upon us.
We will dine on the bounty of the annual hunt from His life-giving natural pantry. There will be haunch of venison, roasted wild turkey, the occasional rabbit, pheasant, grouse or squirrel, along with a never-ending supply of healthy organic vegetables and other goodies.
Even in the hardest of times, Americans have much to be thankful for.
As hunters, we walk and stalk His miracle on a regular basis, knowing full well each day, each experience is a supreme gift of love. As conscientious, responsible stewards of His wildlife, we know we will always have deer and other game. Our thanks runs deep and meaningful for the simple reason we earned each delicious, nutritious morsel by dedicating ourselves to be stealthy, thoughtful, efficient reasoning predators. The harder the effort, the more delicious the rewards.
Think of the happiness factor of the Happy Thanksgiving celebration. Let us dedicate ourselves to extend the Happy part year-round, for a happy family, inner and extended, is really the ultimate way we say thank You to God for this amazing American Dream.
It is not just about the day or the meal. Giving thanks is something we should do each day of our lives, and the more we do so, the happier we will be.
The Thanksgiving Day hunt is as powerful a tradition as the day itself, for across the fruited plains, late November is the bewitching hour of the hunting season in nearly all regions.
Look all around you as you hunt deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, pheasants, grouse, rabbits, waterfowl and everything. Take deep into your hearts and souls just how mind dazzling amazing this whole world is, and get on bended knee for a prayer of supreme thanks this day right there where you are in the lap of God.
This is America! And she is worth every conceivable effort to keep her America!
Please join your freedom BloodBrothers at HunterNation.org to give the ultimate American thanks by joining the army of conservative licensed hunting families across this great country to resuscitate our American Dream back to the shining city on the hill she should always be.
Happy Thanksgiving America, every day.