Reality

14 04 2012

The start of a new life


Today I was on a hunting high. I had shot 2 osceola turkeys earlier this week, and today I shot a really nice spotted sow hog. On our way back to where we are staying, just out of the blue Dale wanted oranges. We stopped at a local road side stand, and got to talking with the women inside. Betty is a cancer survivor, and Linda had just recently undergone a mastectomy for breast cancer. She looks great, but as usual had some questions and concerns about her treatment.
This really brought home to me why I am doing this. Just a little over 2 1/2 years ago, I was in her shoes. I was staying positive, but there were concerns. I hope seeing that my recovery is nearing complete, and that my life has gotten back to as normal as it can be, will help her cope with her ongoing recovery. I hope everyone realizes that cancer can be just a hiccup in your life. Keep your spirits up, maintain a positive outlook, lean on people when you need support, cry on someone’s shoulder when the stress gets to be too much. But PLEASE never ever give up. Life is to precious to waste a minute of it. As always “Love the life you live”!

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Florida Hogs

14 04 2012

This post was originally posted in Ladies in Camo Field Journal:

Today was a wonderful day to be in the woods of Florida. The smoke has cleared, the sun hid behind some clouds, and there were hogs! Going into the tree stand this morning I could hear hogs rooting and grunting in the dark. Shortly after I arranged myself in the stand, I could see the dark shadows of hogs darting around in the still dark morning. It was exhilarating to know there were that many wild hogs just waiting for sunrise and my shot. Shortly after sunrise, I counted 12 hogs in front of the stand, and there were several more behind me. They were all carbon copies of each other in size, but no 2 of them were colored the same. I watched and filmed them for 30 minutes before I decided I could wait no longer. It was actually a dilemma deciding which one I wanted to shoot. I finally settled on the red sow with black spots. She was positioned almost directly underneath the stand. I located her in the scope of my new Savage Lady Hunter rifle and squeezed off a shot. I could see her buckle, but she took off with the others. I texted my husband and Billy and waited for a few moments, then went to track her. I didn’t have to go far, and I found her laid out under palmettos.

There is something about hunting wild hogs that just causes an addiction with me. I just can not get enough of it!

Diane's spotted sow


Capt. Billy Henderson

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