November 15th. Another Opening Day for Michigan's Firearms Deer Season. Once again I won't be out in the woods with my gun, waiting for a buck to come along. It's not the first Opening Day I've missed, and it won't be the last. Circumstances change. Being out there for the opener is no longer the priority that it once was for me.
The woods have grown colder over the years, in more ways than one, and I find myself preferring to stay warm over hunting. I sometimes lament days gone by, when I so enjoyed hunting season and the camaraderie that came with it. I still enjoy camaraderie, but it's of a different sort these days.
My viewpoint on life is different than it used to be; I see my place in the grand scheme of things much clearer than before. I still enjoy Nature's wonders frequently, but these days I do it more with a camera than a gun. Not that I'm opposed to hunting at all, it's just that I don't find the same reward in it anymore. But I still wish good luck and safe hunting to all those who make their way out to the woods this Opening Day.