By Jeff Stirland
The week of Thanksgiving seems to be one of the busiest times of the year, especially for the bowhunter. The whitetail rut is winding down, the mercury is sinking quickly, and the holidays are arriving faster than anticipated. Many whitetail hunters have spent countless hours on the stand, patiently waiting for a mature buck to slip up and walk past within bow-range. Although it is common to want to continue to hunt hard through this holiday week, there are often family obligations and events that prevent us from doing so. I know from experience that it is easy to grow bitter in this situation, as there is only a limited amount of time we have in the stand each season. No matter how much or how little time you are able to hunt, do not allow your desires to hunt take away from the meaning of Thanksgiving. This is a week in which we need to focus on the blessings we have received, and ultimately the One who has blessed us. Yes, it would be great to succesfully harvest an animal on every hunt. But the truth is that the ability to be out in a blind or stand is a blessing in itself. So this Thanksgiving, spend some time with those you love, eat some good food, think about climbing a stand as you normally would, but make sure to take some time to be grateful for the blessings in your life.