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Author: Rick Franco
Groups: Tribe Stories
Nov 11, 2013
All across our great country, hunting season has started, and it is about to go into full swing for the whitetail hunter. Probably already has. As I sit here in Afghanistan, about to come home, I am eagerly awaiting the moment I'll hold my wife again in my arms and hug my six-month-old son. To say that I have been anticipating that moment would be an understatement.


My first love is my family, however, that's not to say I haven’t read every bow hunting magazine I could download on my Ipad, or watched all the old hunting videos I have on loop. At night, my brothers-in-arms and I sit around the fire discussing tactics. Not on how to clear buildings or set up recoveries, but how to plan our insertion and extraction routes to our favorite stands without getting busted.

The cooling of the weather here has us excited about the possibilities this season holds. Having sold my farm in Missouri and moved to Iowa, one of my life-long dreams is about to be fulfilled: hunting Iowa during the rut. For us, we live our lives in spurts of building anticipation: out on tour just waiting to come back home and see our loved ones, pursue our passions, and enjoy life in the states.

I look forward to putting on my Fanatic system, climbing into a stand site that I have poured over on Google earth, and, if the stars align, releasing an arrow I fletched over here into an Iowa monster. This is my anticipation. This is what drives me and pushes me to endure. That image of my family and the solace of being in the deer woods, just a week away, is what keeps me going.

I hope to have the privilege of sharing an ending to this story with my brothers and with you soon.

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Well said my friend! I'm already in anticipation of the 2014 Whitetail season and hopefully we will get to hunt together next year!
Posted by Tony W. Cleveland on Dec 11, 2013 9:33 PM
Hope you're home now Rick. If not, I wish you safety in your time remaining there and on your travels home.
Posted by Matt Gunter on Nov 20, 2013 7:19 AM
Get home safe Rick.
Posted by Luke Johnson on Nov 11, 2013 4:23 PM

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