Beginner’s luck strikes again

In last week’s column I talked about beginner’s luck. Over the weekend, I got to see this in full effect, and I was happy to see it.

It's been said that luck happens when preparation meets opportunity. In most cases this is true, and this weekend was one of those occasions. By being crafty and using skills learned over time, you can get lady luck to shine down on you more often. This goes for all kinds of sports and activities, and is an integral part of mastering a skill. As a hunter and fisherman, I have seen lady luck become quite keen to me over the years. I look forward to every outing and embrace every experience – good and bad. At its worse ,you get outside and get some exercise; but at its best, you get all of that plus some incredible table fare and an amazing outdoor experience.

I got a call from my buddy, Jared Meek, the other day. He had seen all the deer sheds I had found in Ohio, and wanted to go look for some here. Unfortunately, I was busy with spring cleaning and was unable to go. Jared had never been out shed hunting before, but has found one on accident with his father. This was one of those total luck experiences. As Jared's father, Ron, crossed a fence, he stepped onto the shed. It disrupted his footing, and when Jared looked down to see what he had stepped on, there sat a beautiful shed with four points on it. This was enough information for me to say where I wanted to start. The deer had lost its antler as it jumped the fence, so I said the fence is where he should start.

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