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“You’d Better Sit in the Ladder Tonight”

PetersBy Shannon M. Peters

-- I am a science teacher. And while I come to know many students who adore hunting as much as I do, I am reluctant to invite them to hunt with me on my father-in-law’s farm.

In the late 1990s, I was a coach who loved the sport of wrestling as much as hunting. That’s when I met and cultivated a friendship with Chris Flenthrope. I knew Chris had a passion for fishing, so I thought he might have the same feelings for hunting.

After he graduated from high school, I finally invited him along on a turkey hunt. That was the beginning of a great friendship that has led to annual hunts for turkey and deer.

I always give Chris the opportunity to sit in the stand or setup of his choice. That evening in 2007 was no exception. In fact, I told him jokingly that if he didn’t sit in the ladder stand, he was going to miss shooting a trophy buck.

I wound up sitting in the stand.

Sure enough, at 6:40 p.m., a brute of an 8-pointer walked 30 yards from my setup, and I harvested the beautiful Kansas whitetail.

Chris continues his quest of enjoying the great outdoors and, as a result, I have gained a hunting buddy who is sure to provide many more enjoyable hunts, not to mention someone who can take my photo when he doesn’t take my advice!

--Shannon M. Peters

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