Grunting is a funny name for a story, but this past Sunday morning, for Tim Albee, it was the secret for bagging a nice buck! Tim came over from Copperas Cove to have a go at a deer. He’s a black powder shooter and has been over 3 times, with no success, choosing not to take some long shots.

A little more about Tim; he’s in the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood; served with my son, Brad, in Iraq in the 1/7 Cavalry, Custer’s old unit; was a Bradley Fighting Vehicle Platoon Sergeant; is a Senior NCO still on active duty and has survived over 40 IED blasts!

Before sun up, for today’s hunt Tim was hunting in Brad’s old, Porta Potty blind, pictured below.

Sunday morning at 7:15 I was eating breakfast, Layla came in, poured her a cup of coffee, with our dog, Spike and cat, Bo, she opened the door to go outside to enjoy the morning and we both heard a, Boom! She said, “Sounds like Tim got a shot.”

Later when I came home from Sunday School there was Tim with rubber gloves on, sleeves rolled up, with a big smile from ear to ear! Asking how he did, he replied, “I got a nice buck!” And walking behind the old, rock house, the buck, an 8 pointer, was hanging up and Tim relayed to me the story of how this nice buck ended up as cutlets.

He said, “Sitting in the blind, I hadn’t seen anything and all of a sudden in your neighbor’s field, about 200 plus, yards away, there was a buck walking along. Grunnttt, grunnttt, twice I grunted, the buck stopped in his tracks, ran over and jumped the fence into your property and to get the wind, began circling the grunting. Stopping over a hundred yards directly downwind from me, he never caught my scent. He was behind some cedar trees and I didn’t have a clear shot, so grunnttt, grunnttt, two more times and he came running in, stopped and gave me a flank shot and I let loose, knocking the buck down. As the smoke cleared, he got back up ran 15 yards and fell in the road that goes down to the tree stand.”

Currently, at Ft. Hood, Tim is a financial analyst with the Family Advocacy Program and has on occasion worked with soldiers in The Wounded Warrior Program. This fits in nicely with the Goldthwaite Eagle’s proposal being offered to our Wounded Warriors of a deer hunt during the January, 2011 special Doe and Spike season. This will be a nice, post Christmas gift to some of our Wounded Warriors and the least some of us in the County can do to show our appreciation for the sacrifices they have made!

Leave a comment and let me know what you think about our Wounded Warrior hunting project. Across the country, who else is starting, or contemplating, holding one of these?