Gifts from the Chippewa

Kelly A. Barrett, Wildlife Biologist, Chippewa National Forest

Embrace Hope

Usually I do not go straight to the coveralls and heavy orange coat with many pockets for the opening weekend of deer season. Especially in recent years, we have had milder weather at the start, and no need for warmer gear until near the end of season. But the snow has come and a chilly breeze was about, so I was glad for every warm bit of orange my caring spouse has gifted me. You can’t receive too much warm orange stuff. I was especially fortunate on Saturday morning to be up in the stand my hubby and his father built for me years back. I insisted on an open top, but the high sides that gave my young children a good space in which to slurp hot chocolate and roll around a bit if necessary are also handy in breaking the wind. The balsams in which the stand is built have grown up considerably, and offer a bit of shelter overhead. On this day the heavy, wet snow sticking on the branches above me was keeping me from receiving any more cold flakes.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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