|A Noble Experience
God has blessed me and watched over me all my life. I would not be here today if His guardian angel had not been present in so many situations that could have had very bad consequences. One of my favorite Bible verse is found in Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
I gave my heart to Christ when I was 11 years old; but I have not always lived as I should for the Lord and I have not always brought Him glory. That all changed in 1992 when my church (First Baptist – Brownfield, Texas) did the Experiencing God study by Henry Blackaby. It changed my life, and I have been serving God as a team member or as a resource leader for Experiencing God Week-ends. I also have had the privilege to be a volunteer chaplain for 10 years in Texas prisons; and also as a resource leader in Colorado for men’s and women’s units. God has also let me be a part of His kingdom work in South Africa.
I have loved the outdoors. Because I was close to my father and went hunting with him many times on hunting trips for quail and ducks, even when I was too young to go hunting. As I grew older, I hunted Mule deer in Texas with my father and Pronghorn antelope in Wyoming. My love for the beauty of God’s outdoors has grown very special as I have had the privilege of hunting in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Canada, Alaska, and South Africa.
On November 23, 2010, I was hunting deer alone in Crosby County. The early morning was crisp and I was in a 15 foot deer stand enjoying watching deer and turkey eating corn. By 10:00 a.m., the deer and turkey had left the feeder. I decided that the deer were already bedding down for the day so I left the blind to return to Lubbock. As I was leaving the pasture, for some reason I can’t explain, I decided to drive down a turn row which was about a half mile long. By then it had warmed up. I was driving slowly, not really expecting to see any deer. I had gone about a quarter of a mile and looked to my left and saw a deer’s head about 15 yards away. I immediately recognized the deer as I had seen it last year.
After shooting the deer, I field dressed it but there was no way I could get the deer in the back of my vehicle. So I called two of my friends who came and helped me load it up and went to the processing plant in Stanton. The deer weighed 225 lbs field dressed and had seventeen points. Boon and Crockett scored my deer at 215.1/8 inches. It is one of the top 5 mule deer harvested in 2010. I received a letter from the Texas Big Game Awards inviting me to San Antonio on July 8, 2011 to participate in a State-wide Sportsman’s celebration.
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