Buck Fever Rages in East Texas
By Patty Lenderman
We have a serious epidemic occuring in East Texas. The
common name for this phenomenon is "Buck Fever". There are no
pills or injections that can be taken to cure this condition. Generally
considered a seasonal affliction, it affects men and women but only those
who hunt for deer. While not fatal, this condition can be very consuming
and distracting from "normal" everyday life.
At the onset of this condition the victim may experience
a variety of symptoms including:
- inability to concentrate on work
- strong appetite for deer meat
- dress habits change to a camo effect
- desire to clean guns and sharpen arrows
- relentless dreams of trophy bucks
- peering into wooded areas searching for a "good hunting spot"
to find this elusive buck
- long walks in the woods tracking these animals and looking for a good
place to sit
Seeking council from other victims of this condition is common and considered
helpful. Stories of past experiences exchanged sometimes helps momentarily
sooth the symptoms, but more often tends to worsen the condition overall.
Then the anxiousness and anxiety of determining when is the best time
and place to find the cure for this fever by obtaining this animal begins.
You watch moon phases. Talk to other hunters. Sit on your stand and watch,
waiting for the opportunity to bag your buck. Every sound in the forest
catches your attention as you process the information flowing through
your brain and watch for the slightest movement. Through the corner of
your eye you see that movement. Slowly, carefuly, quietly you turn to
get a better look. A squirrel. Again, you see and hear something. Locating
the source it is a bird. Still waiting. Still watching. AH! - there he
is. It's a nice sized buck. Maybe not the muy grande you had dreamed of
but never the less are now launched into the advanced stages of Buck Fever
as you carefully draw up your weapon. The uncontrollable shaking begins
and you can hear your own heartbeat. There is a trace of sweat on your
palms as you raise your weapon to find your shot. Hoping that your aim
is good and he does not run, you take your best shot. BOOM !! (In this
story it was a perfect shot and he drops right where you shot him. Great
The excitement of your accomplishment compounds your condition. Your heart
feels like it could beat right out of your chest. You breathe in shorter
breaths. Excitement level is skyrocketing. Getting your deer tag out you
mark it with deliberance and pride. You now have "bragging rights"
and start thinking about who you are going to share the story of your
victory with. Gonna have back strap and tenderloins for dinner tonight.
We are very fortunate here in our lakes areas for the
many areas and opportunities to hunt, be it on private leases or public
hunting lands. The people who live here or just come and enjoy this area
fondly call it "God's country". The natural resources abound
for any and every type of outdoor activity and enjoyment. It is up to
every hunter to do his part in protecting this great pass time by leaving
the woods as you found them. Supporting agencies and groups who fight
for our right to keep and bear arms, and agencies who manage our all of
our wildlife is essential for future generations of hunters. Remember
to take a kid hunting when you can. Taking a child hunting not only will
expose them to the great outdoors but will teach them to care for, appreciate
and protect our natural resources for generations to come while showing
them how to provide food for the table.
< photos by Ed Snyder >
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