Coach Nick Saban is up 24 hours a day getting ready for some football game. Our country’s liberal leadership is scheming day and night to take guns from law-abiding Americans. Santa Claus is busy cleaning up the North Pole. And so on and so on…
Busy. Busy. Busy.
But they can’t be any more busy than one local resident is during Union Parish deer season. But, hey, I want you to know I’m important enough to catch up with him and spend almost a whole mid-season day in the woods with him. We even got to eat a BBQ lunch at Andrews in Marion while “on break” from all the work. Oh, you know who it is? Peyton McKinnie.
No kidding. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that stays as busy getting ready for the season, helping others get ready, promoting our area, taking friends and family hunting and actually getting to hunt a few times himself. He and his dad probably build more deer stands in a year than most hunters see in a lifetime. You can check out some of what he does on his Tiger Bend Outdoors Facebook page. The list goes on, starting before the sun comes up and continuing after it goes down most days. Apparently he’s been so busy he hasn’t even had a chance to sight in his own rifle. But hey, I’m not going there.
The week before Christmas, Peyton took time to help me find a stand that hasn’t been hunted in a while, but has some good potential. We worked our way through a pine thicket and into the edge of a beautiful hardwood bottom. We cleaned up the stand, put a chair in it, corned up the shooting lane, marked the trail and eased on out.
We repeated most of that process at two more stands where I have hunted and also a couple of his stands he’s been keeping busy. We put out corn and rice bran for the deer, got a little muddy and laid the groundwork for future hunts, etc. That’s what its all about. Because of his efforts helping break me in to Union Parish deer hunting, I’ve had a successful season. The result for me is venison in the freezer and a special hunting trip where my son, Adam, got to take his son, William, on his first deer hunt bagging a nice deer. We got to share that time together.
I’ve slowed down a bit. Peyton hasn’t. Instead of doing what Peyton might have wanted to do for himself last week, he was again at work promoting Union Parish outdoors before the Christmas wrapping paper made it to the dump. This time it was working to help get footage for a deer hunting episode for Urban Hunting TV with Union native Scott Davis, now a Nashville resident.
In between all that, I’m sure the wheels are turning working out the final details of the Union Big Buck Contest winners, setting up the annual Big Buck banquet with the Chamber, posting new info on the Big Buck Union Parish Facebook page, touting local businesses or writing an occasional column for the local newspaper. Not to mention he has a full-time job as a deputy with the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office.
All in a day’s work for Peyton.