Now, THAT is What I Call a Friend!

Due to time and financial circumstances, along with some family and homeowner obligations that needed to take precedence, I bowed out of deer hunting (both with family and with friends) this year.  Not only did I bow out of hunting, I bowed out of the open invitation to join the crew at deer camp even if I wasn’t going to hunt.  (I suspect they were looking for someone to be “cook” for the weekend, but hey… That’s just a guess!)

Normally this would be pretty devastating to me, but this year my schedule and budget have been so tight that it was really not even an option.  I NEEDED to spend time with the family, and I WANTED to get the front door (that has been sitting in my basement since APRIL) installed. 

The weekend was good.  It was both enjoyable and it was productive!  As you can see in a couple of my previous - posts, I was successful in getting the door installed (with the assistance of my father), had a great “family day” with the the kids and wife, had another solo day preparing the new door to meet it’s matching storm door, and finally, a successful day getting the storm door installed (also with the assistance of my father).

Yet, throughout the weekend, there was a longing from within me. 

A longing for the solitude of the forests of northern Minnesota.  I was missing those unique sounds, sights, and smells that can ONLY be obtained by spending time alone in a deer stand with nothing but your thoughts to keep you company.  I missed out on feeling that odd connection with my ancestors of having to depend on your senses to hunt for your survival, pitting yourself against nature (even though we no longer need to hunt for survival). 

Just about the time I started feeling that longing, the emails started coming in…. 

From: Best Bud Ed
To: Father of Five
Date: Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 7:12 AM
Subject: Too Much

I have to admit ........
I never thought I'd be sending you an email from the deer stand.

Quickly followed by an attempted Google Chat (also from the deer stand)

From: Best Bud Ed
To: Father of Five
Date: Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 7:15 AM
Subject: Chat with Ed

7:15 AM Ed: You there?

What the??  Email, web surfing and IM chatting from the deer stand??  What is this world coming to??? 

Then, just when I had thought I had seen it all, an email with a photo of Best Bud Ed and his cheesy grin arrived, MOCKING me from his deer stand in the woods of northern Minnesota…  

Ahhh, the miracles of modern 3G technology!!

From: Best Bud Ed
To: Father of Five
Date: Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 7:28 AM
Subject: Wish you were here.

Cheesy Grin 

It did not stop there, oh no – not by a long shot. 
He also sent me photos of time he spent relaxing by the fire, right about lunch time…

From: Best Bud Ed
To: Father of Five
Date: Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Tryin' to make me jealous!

Over the next couple of days I received several other emails and photos from Best Bud Ed, describing the wonderful time he was having in the woods.

I tell you what…  It was about this time that I started thinking to myself how lucky I am, and how there is NOTHING IN THE WORLD like having a friend - A TRUE FRIEND (like Ed) – A friend who would be willing to take the time to share his experiences with you – especially since I was not there to it with him like I would have under a different set of circumstances. 

Then, two days later I woke up and was met with these two delightful messages in my in-box to greet me in the morning! 
Truly, the pièce de résistance!

From: Best Bud Ed
To: Father of Five (and a couple of other “lucky” recipients)
Date: Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 7:28 AM
Subject: Greetings from the deer stand.

Good morning, gentlemen. It's a balmy 33.8° in the stand this morning. Lots of dew on the ground but no frost. Making the woods and leaves very quiet.  The bald eagle greeted me this am with a nice call at sunrise. I suspect the squirrels will be awaking shortly.

I need to sign off as I've had a couple cups of coffee .........and there's nothing like coffee to lubricate the poop shoot. I'll begin my slow walk back to the outhouse.

Forty five minutes later, I get this email…
I think this one sums it all up!

From: Best Bud Ed
To: Father of Five
Date: Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 8:15 AM
Subject: Re: Greetings from the deer stand.

Slow walk back?   I don't think so.....  that was cutting it pretty close.

Yup… I tell you what, there is NOTHING IN THE WORLD like the combination of a TRUE FRIEND (like Ed), who has unlimited access to a wireless 3G network, a smart phone, and a lot of extra time on his hands while sitting in deer stand in northern Minnesota during deer hunting season!!

The updated kept coming in….  

From: Best Bud Ed
To: Father of Five
Date: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 7:35 AM
Subject: Tails from the stand.

Like the play on words?  Tails/tales .......get it?

Deer Stand Breakfast!We had rain up here last night.  Temperature isn't too bad but it sure is damp.  Feels good to have windproof layers on this morning.  Just getting ready to eat breakfast ........

No ducks flying this morning.  Now that I think of it, no geese or swans either. Hmmm, I wonder if they know something that we don't.

My stand could use some brushing out.  Think you and I could do that?  It takes two people, 1 in the stand and the other brushing out. Pick a day or two during the winter when it's in the 20's. That's a good working temperature when you dress for it.

And then, finally, roughly 30 minutes later… This one came through.

From: Best Bud Ed
To: Father of Five
Date: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 8:06 AM
Subject: Re: Tails from the stand.

Got one. Small buck.

Ed did send a photo, but since I am not sure how everyone feels about seeing a photo of a field dressed deer right smack dab in front of them, out of respect (for the deer and for folks reading this post) I hid the photo behind THIS LINK.  (The photo is not what I would consider “graphic”, and I suspect will not be too offensive to most folks - I just wanted to err on the side of caution.)

The deer is far from “small”.  It’s rack (antlers) look disproportional to it’s body, which (I suspect) makes it LOOK small, but as I viewed the photo, what I saw was a decent sized deer!

I am glad Ed got a deer again this year!  I certainly enjoyed his “Tails from the stand” style updates (and I hope you enjoyed them too)!  He is certainly good for a couple laughs, that’s for sure! 

Thanks for the laughs, and for thinking of me Ed!! 


  1. I've never been hunting before and not sure if I'd like it, but it sure does seem like you guys have a great time doing it. Sorry you couldn't join in this year, but your bud is a really good guy to include you on the fun anyway.

  2. We didn't need a cook, Dave, what we really needed was someone to fetch us beers and cigars while we were sitting around the campfire.

  3. I don't deer hunt any longer and miss those days in camp. Hope you're able to get there next season. Oh, and thanks Ed.


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