Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.
We’ve all heard that “Variety is the Spice of Life”. Although generally applied to other topics, the familiar saying can certainly hold true for the outdoors as well. One of the things I like most about duck hunting, for example, is that you just never know what’s going to drop into the decoys. Some visitors come as a surprise. Some of the surprises are small. Some are large. Some are very large – like the two deer who suddenly emerged from the shoreline willows at the edge of my spread. The breeze was in my favor and the white-tails never caught my scent as they took a drink and then browsed on nearby vegetation. I think it’s safe to say that for most hunters, having a pair of deer walk through your decoys at a distance of ten paces is an extremely rare event. The ducks weren’t flying, but the surprise close encounter made my day. I guess what they say is true. Variety is the Spice of Life.