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Short Hunt; Sanity Restored

January 20, 2017

Tags: Cate, Squirrel Hunting

A deadline weighed on me yesterday, so I had time for only a quick afternoon hunt. Cate treed four, but her boss found only three. The fourth was in a huge, old den tree so I don't feel too bad about not finding it.

Why are short, successful hunts worked in between obligations so satisfying?


  1. January 20, 2017 5:21 PM CST
    I know exactly what you mean. Granted an all day fishing excursion or hunt can be satisfying and rejuvenating, but somehow those quick trips to distract, refresh, and refocus can really change a day.
    - Tom Stinson
  2. January 20, 2017 6:04 PM CST
    Tom, thanks for stopping by. Sometimes I think quick hunts are so restorative because there's little pressure. We don't expect great things so we're more appreciative of small gifts, Have a good one!
    - Henry Chappell

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