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Friday, March 8, 2013
Welcome to the Brotherhood!
Travis "T-Bone" Turner
By Travis "T-Bone" Turner
I often think that I’ve got the greatest job in the world,
and then something comes along and proves it.
I’ve been traveling to a variety of Whitetails Unlimited
banquets, and I have a fantastic time at every one of them. I meet a lot of
people, and we talk all night. I learn as much from the hunters at a banquet as
they learn from me, but just sharing time is the topping on the sundae.
I’ve been told that I’m the kind of guy that could have
fun in an empty room; but if I have to be in a room, I prefer one
that is filled with people. Especially people like me – deer hunters. And while
every WTU banquet is filled with deer hunters, there is something else
that’s special about these gatherings that I really enjoy; everyone is
expecting a good time, but more than that, everybody in the room understands
that we are raising money to do good work.
Every WTU banquet has a different personality, and the money
goes to different kinds of projects, but I’m humbled and appreciative after
each night that I’m able to spend time with great people, doing great things.
And then something extra special happens, and brings everything full circle.
The following note came into WTU headquarters, and when it
was sent on to me, it made my week:
Bryce with his first deer.
“Here is a picture of Bryce with his first deer. He took
it on Saturday of the youth gun season. We thought it was a doe but it
ended up being a button buck. Bryce is wearing the hat that T-Bone signed when
he was at our banquet. He dubbed it as his ‘Lucky Hat,’ and that it has ‘T-Bone
Magic.’ Just thought I would pass it along.”
I’ve heard that when people are passin’ out praise you should
just get in line, but in this case I’m guessing Bryce made his own
luck. Even so, I’m tickled that I can be, in some small way, connected
to a youngster who has joined the Brotherhood!
Your first deer is a great event, and some with more smarts
than me call it a ‘rite of passage.’ That’s an event that marks your passage in
life from one status to another, like graduating high school or college,
confirmation in church, or getting married. I still vividly remember my first
whitetail, and if you ask any deer hunter, I guarantee they will
remember theirs right off.
I signed that hat when I was spending a night with Ohio Field
Director Denny Malloy at the Killbuck Valley Chapter banquet, and I
hope Bryce has many, many more days afield with even better luck than he
had this season. If he wants to give me credit, well, that’s his choice. But I
know that the real credit belongs to him, his family, and those who had influence
as he was growing up.
Bryce, just look in the mirror – with or without that hat
– and you’ll see who deserves recognition.