If you happen to be one of the millions of outdoor enthusiasts,
sooner or later you will be faced with the real need of a bathroom,
restroom, lavatory, outhouse, can, privy, or what ever you want
to call it. Thats just they way it is. How you handle
it, is quite another matter.
I have heard of some people backing up against a tree.
I have heard of some who look for just the right log. I know a
lot of folks who wont go into the woods, because there are
no facilities out there. Thats the reason they
never venture more than 200 yards from their motor homes. What
Personally I prefer the old hunker method, but it
too, has its weak points. Before you ask if I would demonstrate
it, forget it!
It seems that the old suspenders always get in the
way, and it can not only be embarrassing, but it can be down right
ugly. Many of a fine woodsman has had to put up with a ton or
ribbing from his fellow hunters, because of a simple
oversight. I brought this subject up because YOU thought
that you were the only person that was plagued with this curse.
The only way I can write this subject, is share some of my own
experiences. This subject isnt something that most enjoy
telling around the camp fire. My Owner (wife) tells me that Im
a sick dog for even finding any humor in it.
Most hunters find a good place where they can watch out over a
good area to watch for game to pass. I have found that to be the
worse thing to do. I had a big buck to go crashing out of a thicket
behind me two times. I never got a shot off either time. I learned
to never lay your rifle out of reach! I never get caught looking
down hill either. I cant tell you why, but deer always wait
until you are at a big disadvantage before they make their break.
Another good point to consider is when you are in grizzly country;
you must be able to shoot at all times.
I will never know how those mosquitoes, with such
a small brain, can be so smart. They wait until you have your
garments all gathered up, then dive-bomb you like a squadron of
Kamikaze pilots. I guess they have figured out that you cant
put up much of a fight with both hands full. About all that you
can do is blow at them and call them precious little
names, neither of which seems to slow them down. The worse thing
is getting caught scratching those bites. Ive had others
say, Got a little itch there, Bubba?
The whole point to this story is to better equip you with some
of the more important issues. I cant stress enough the importance
of this next valuable lesson. When you are in the woods,
NEVER think that you are alone. Always believe that if it
is hunting season, others are out there too. I learned this the
hard way, as I learn most things.
The ill-fated day was during an early fall deer hunting adventure.
I had been eating one of those late evening mulligans,
the night before. It had consisted of a can of beef stew mixed
with a couple of can of chilli beans. When you are a kid, thats
what you ate in camp, due to the lack of proper cooking skills.
I was out before daylight heading for a good vantage point where
I knew that the deer were going to pass. Being young and dumb,
I had failed to acknowledge the pain in my stomach, until it was
almost too late. I then ran for the nearest brush thicket. At
first I heard a muffled kind of a sound. Then I looked all around
to see where it had come from. I could see no one, anywhere, and
felt safe. I managed to gather up my garments and head back to
my ground blind, when I heard it again. I looked up to see a bow
hunter sitting up in a tree stand, not 30 feet from me! He had
been sitting there watching a stupid kid, who thought he was hiding
from the world. He had tears in his eyes and a red face. I think
that I must have had a sheepish look on my face, because
I could hear him laughing for a half of a mile.
During a mule deer hunt in Wyoming, a friend of mine was walking
on a ridge a half of a mile away. Al had been walking for some
time when it became necessary to take a break. I had my 60 power
spotting scope set up watching for deer, when I spotted Al heading
for some brush. I thought he was going to hide and watch for a
while. I noticed that he began taking off his coat, and laying
his rifle on it. I told my wife that Old Al was about to take
care of business over on the ridge. He thought that
the distance was far enough to be safe. She snapped something
like, What are you going to do, watch him? I said,
Naw, I was just going to see if he was dumb enough to do
When I brought it up around the camp fire that evening, he had
a sheepish look on his face too. That happened many
years ago. I thought I would share it with you so maybe you wont
make the same mistake, then again, Ill bet you already have.