Thompson Award for
Gentlemen and Sandy,
The time has come, after much
consideration and deliberation I have made my decision as to
the lucky recipient of the much anticipated and coveted
Chris is ready to hand over the belt or
torch or crown, whatever it is.
I will attempt to recall the season as
I remember and start by saying this was in my humble opinion
a very strange year. The stands where I saw the most deer
last year produced nothing. In fact when filling out my
cards each evening I actually got very proficient at making
Even our members didn't show their
faces as often, which some would say is a good thing.
D. T. Anderson for example, what a
great member, he comes to work days, cuts up trees, wears
out two chain saws, pays his dues on time and doesn't even
show up one day to hunt.
Don Gentry didn't make the scene too
often I suspect due to the fact he has a significant
financial interest in a Thai restaurant in Loganville. Many
say this is a good thing, I won't comment.
David Brown was as the song says was,
On the road again.
My little buddy Rateau was absent more
than I like and I suspect but won't actually say that Don
had something to do with that.
Thanks to his wife Barbara, Bobby
wasn't around as much as usual. We are all so happy he
bought the house in Brunswick, even the deer got a break
from the harassment around camp.
Scott White bought a McMansion and was
told to stay home and bring it up to his wife's standards.
She is of the mold of her father, can you imagine Scott's
challenge! The fact that Scott wasn't able to hunt much may
have caused him to miss the two does he shot at. They did
find one of those but couldn't determine whether a shot
killed it or heart attack.
Harold Green did his best to beat
Rateau out of the most shots fired category. Scared the hell
outa me. I thought somebody was shooting doves. Anyway the
deer is still running I think.
Sandy didn't kill anything but I must
give her credit, she was up and in the woods many mornings
when some of us slept in.
I'd like to mention everyone but you
must kill something or screw up real good to get on the
front page. You know who you are and I think the world of
Then there's Bloom.
From opening day of bow season we had
the opportunity to hunt 112 days and I think Bloom made all
but about 10. After all those naps in the woods and
imaginary sightings he finally takes a shot at a good
deer on his last hunt of the year and misses.
Hanging in with the retards this year
was young Joe Miehe. He tried to hang with the old farts and
managed to hold his own.
OK, I now must get to business, what
was killed and by who?
Ricky and David Brown started off with
a big doe each and I thought Oh hell, they won't stop now,
but they did.
Rateau managed to shoot at enough to
bring one young and tender yearling into camp. Don't say you
heard it from me but he killed a second one as food for the
Congratulations to Little Buckaroo who
killed his first deer, I'm sure it won't be his last.
Dave came through with a doe but not
without a lot of effort.
Last years recipient of the award
rebounded in a big way as I suspected he would and killed 3
does and a dork head.
Of course I must mention the buck that
Greg Martin killed although it wasn't posted in the book.
I'm sure it had nothing to do with the size of the little
fellow and was just an oversight. I was told that it was
almost a 10. Wester wouldn't have been that rough on you,
On the Rock Eagle side Big Fred killed
his best ever, a nice 10 pointer that scored 134 and change.
He also took a doe as well.
Joe who I mentioned earlier hung in
quite a bit and killed four does allowing his brother Little
Fred to kill their pet Bob.
Also at Rock Eagle Kingsley and Gerry
Gilbert killed does.
Now to the final course.
I actually struggled this year because
two of you guys were neck and neck but I must announce that
Jerry Bloom is the winner of the 2009 Thompson Award.
Any man who can be in the woods as much
as Bloom and not kill something is deserving, and I just
hope that the one he missed comes to see me next year.
What a wonderful world!
Revised: January 22, 2012.