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The last two deer seasons are illustrations in extremes. There was only one other year that I can remember an acorn drought as bad as last year’s was. And this year’s abundance of acorns is equally as uncommon. The deer are not having to move very much or very far in order to get to ample food. As a result, seeing fields full of bucks and does has been and will be, rare. Last year, sightings were almost a daily occurrence.

 While these two years are unique, every year has its own difficulties. This is especially magnified when you travel to hunt. Each time I take an extended hunting trip, I am always at the mercies of whatever circumstances come my way. This year my Maine trip coincided with record-breaking heat temperatures. Last year my Missouri trip was met with floods. During some trips, the wind blows so hard that the deer do not move. Other trips, I’m too early or too late for the rut. Rarely have I ever hit the woods at just the perfect time. I guess that’s what keeps me going back.

 The truth is the difficulties that are faced when we hunt are not a separate matter. They are just as a part of the hunt as hanging a treestand. To hunt without difficulties would simply be to kill. I would dare say the inability to rightly handle difficulties is what turns honest hunters into poachers. They resort to the easy way out. And the trophy on the wall is a daily reminder of what you get when the price is too high for the prize.

 What goes for hunting also goes for daily living. While some days may be unique in their problems; every day has its own obstacles, situations and difficulties. These are not a separate part of the day, but one of its most important ingredients. They are what make our successes more memorable, satisfying, and more valuable for what they bring to our lives. They are life. They are the tools God uses to sharpen us for His use. They prepare us to be injected in the lives of those around us who need to know they too can make it through the most difficult times.  

 So, this week you can face your difficulties as enemies and fight them every step of the way, or you can expect them, work along side them, and realize when your trophy comes, it will mean a whole lot more knowing what you had to go through to get it.

Gary Miller
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