Thursday, May 1, 2008

Outdoor Devotion: Shed

Shed antler hunting has become a very popular pastime in the outdoor community. I guess it's an opportunity for hunters, beleagured with winter-induced cabin fever, to get back into the woods. Maybe its those childhood memories of treasure hunts or games of hide and seek. I like to get out in early spring and look for sheds. Not only is it good exercise and an excuse to get out but it's a great opportunity to do some scouting next season. Deer trails are more easily noticed, rubs and scrapes are still visible and if you find a dropped antler or two you know you're onto something.
Each year whitetail bucks shed their antlers and begin the process of growing new ones. In North Carolina this usually takes place in late February through March dependant upon winter weather conditions.
A couple months ago I was out scouting for a turkey hunt. When walking along the edge of a large food plot, looking for turkey tracks, strut marks, droppings and other sign that would indicate a good place to set up a blind I spotted something glimmering in the midday sun. Closer inspection showed it to be a large, right sided, five-point antler. Ten yards away was another smaller, right side antler. There was absolutely no turkey sign whatsoever in that field but I will definately be checking out that location again prior to next deer season.
When we begin our walk with Christ He says that we are a "new creation.' Not only is it important that we shed habits, tendencies, relationships and other things it is imperative that we embrace a new worldview. Other people, situations, decisions, etc must be seen through the eyes of Christ influencing how we speak, act and even how we think. As a friend recent told me, we must live lives that reflect the very nature of Jesus. May God give you strength to shed.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

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