The Hunter's Perspective

By: Garrett Mock

The cool air brushing against your cheeks, the radiant autumn leaves that crunch underneath your foot fall, the feeling of the branches dragging and snagging on your clothes, watching the sun climb over the trees, seeing the prevalent wildlife that populate our local woods, and the rush of adrenaline you feel whenever you see one up close. This is not about leisurely walks through the woods on a cool autumn morning.

This is about hunting.

Hunting is a tradition carried on since the beginning of mankind, and while it has decreased in popularity and necessity, it is still a practice we continue today. In Pennsylvania, many adults, children, and seniors participate in the yearly event, whether that be archery, rifle, small game, or large game. Taking place whenever the leaves begin to turn over and the snow falls upon us, it is an ancient activity that still gives people rushes of adrenaline and a thrill that you cannot find in many other places.

At Homer-Center, hunting is a time where many students partake of, and there is even a club associate with the act, supervised by high school special ed teacher, Mr. Bill Tonkin and elementary art teacher, Mr. Greg Hartnett. The administration even gives off the first Monday for rifle season during the students’ Thanksgiving break every year, because if not, there would be many students absent for that day.

“It’s a peaceful time, and it is a tradition in my family,” said senior Tyler Dunn. “We’ve always gone out on the first day, and it’s nice to step out of society and be out in nature.”

With the time approaching quickly, people are beginning to sight in their scopes, polish and clean their guns, setting up tree stands and hunting blinds, and getting all their orange attire ready for the first day. As native Pennsylvania residents, we are all used to seeing deer along our roadways, and many have hit them with their cars, but whenever it comes to hunting, deer feel majestic. Even when you see a lonely doe or the random squirrel, it makes your heart beat like a drum inside of your chest.

“Whenever I see a deer, especially a buck, I get all nervous and excited at the same time,” said senior Kaleb Kolesar. “It’s so weird to think something like that could give you such a feeling.”

With dozens of buck shot each year, and their meat cut down and skinned, more students prepare to take on the largest buck they see.

“I can’t wait to see a large buck this year,” added Kolesar, “and I can’t wait to see who else gets a large one.”

The students and faculty wish every hunter, young or old, new or seasoned, the best of luck when the first day arrives on November 26th! Good luck to all hunters, and stay safe!