Then you add in the artistic aspect of constantly trying to explain this lifestyle through images. There is a really, really fine line there and depending on the what experience you come from it could easily be crossed or not crossed by me.
Universal Klister started out as a blog for all aspects of my life. That meant the outdoor adventure side of me and also the artistic side of me. As I look at the people to visit my blog often I am gratified to see that there is a nearly 50-50 split. I have as many photographers stopping in as I do athletes and outdoors folks. I am inspired by that and challenged by that.
So understand that paradox as you check out my images for this post in future posts......
As I grew up my grandfather was a huge deer hunting inspiration to the rest of our family. Near the end of his Deer hunting career he fell in love with hunting in the Winona area. He would routinely come down and spend the week with our family. In those days we had endless areas to hunt. The farmers around us were cool with us using their property. In some cases they even invited it. Over the years that changed. Now many of the farms are off limits and are managed specifically for deer hunting and the business of tourism and trophy hunting. That era of handshake hunting is long gone and I have long had a nostalgia for it. Eventually my brother and I left the state and the deer hunting tradition was lost, especially after my grandfather passed on.
|Billiards for Stands|
|Early morning stroll|
|The tallest thing you can find|
A few years ago it started to take root again. I started hunting with my buddy Steve in Cedar Valley and that has been un-real. I can honestly say and have said it publicly many times, that the week in Cedar Valley hunting muzzleloader with Steve is by far my favorite time of the year.
Two years ago however my father was invited to join a hunt that another family in Winona puts on. He attended and this year asked if my brother and I could attend. We did and it was amazing. Not only were the folks involved super, super fun and cool, the property was off the charts. The perfect deer zone. Lots of space, lots of terrain, lots of spots and of course a ton of deer.
The weekend could not have been better in my opinion. There certainly could have been more deer shot, but the weather was good at stopping that. However that is why it is called hunting. The camaraderie and the time spent was great. Of course it was also so fun to have time with dad and my brother on the November hunt again and for that I will be forever grateful.
|Like Father Like Son|
|The deep woods|
|As seen driving by the Winona Kwik Trip|