posted on July 10, 2012 15:05
By Tim H. Martin/Buckmasters Online Editor
Every hunter has a special song that brings back a favorite outdoor memory. What's yours?
For me, there's more than one. My all-time favorite has to be Kenny Chesney's "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy." It reminds me of the day four buddies and I had taken our girls on a daddy-daughter hunting trip. My daughter, Hunter, was 10-years-old at the time, and shot her very first deer that afternoon. After dark, her friends accompanied us to retrieve Hunter's doe from the field. I will never forget five little girls sitting on the tailgate of my truck, singing that song to the top of their lungs. Years later, every time I hear it play, it brings a tear to my eye.
Whenever Alabama's "Christmas in Dixie" comes on the radio, I can almost feel it snowing in the pines, in 1985. That song instantly brings me back to a cold day in the north Alabama mountains, shivering in my homemade ladder stand. Those were the days before polypropylene, Hot Hands and Thinsulate. I didn't see a single thing that day, but that song brings back warm memories because it was playing on my mom's kitchen radio when I walked in from the cold.
I get a little depressed whenever I hear Steve Miller's "Fly like an Eagle." It reminds me of the morning back in the 1970s I missed a 150-class buck with my lever-action .30-30. I'd just bought that album on 8-track tape. Sorry, youngsters, I know that's like speaking Chinese to you.
Younger folks are probably also unfamiliar with The Georgia Satellites' rockin' song from the late '80s called "Keep Your Hands to Yourself." That one reminds me of my first 10-pointer, because it was playing on the radio while I was driving home to show off my buck. I remember an old man cheering and fist-pumping when he saw me pass by with a tailgate full of swamp donkey. What a great memory!
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