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September 17, 2010

In Search of the Elusive Acorn

I spent a few hours yesterday afternoon with my friend on his property in search of falling acorns, and hopefully, deer activity. This property was select-cut and managed for wildlife back in the spring of this year, and with the red and white oaks now having plenty of room to grow up and out, they should have excellent mast production in the coming years. We were able to find one excellent spot with probably a half dozen white oaks which were all dropping acorns and a creek with water still available less than 100 yards away. The ground in that area was torn up and that's where we decided to put the hang-on stand. Historically, this has been a productive spot on his property, and from all indications may continue to be that way for this coming season. With the select cut this year, our options for trees on which to hang stands were a bit limited, but we were able to find an oak with a decent amount of cover in which to hide the stand and the climbing stick. I am definitely looking forward to getting in there on the right wind during the first part of archery season.

On the way home yesterday evening, I began to think about how that same spot is consistently fertile, near water, and producing fruit. These attributes reminded me of how David, in Psalm 1, describes the man who does not walk with the wicked, but delights in God's law and meditates on it day and night. What a good reminder and analogy of the type of people we need to continue to strive to be. - GE

"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers." Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV).

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