The Right Place and the Right Time
Tiffany Cheezem, April 25, 2017
Today I processed my first deer. She had been hit by a car. Her neck and body were still faintly warm, and her eyes were still clear. She had sustained serious internal damage. However, she was such a beautiful, large, healthy
Two teenagers stopped to help me out, and I drove her back to the Arnot Forest where I live. I had guidance in where to make the initial cuts into the hide (
I learned that her coat was thick and lustrous and ready for winter. I learned that she had had a fawn and was still lactating. I learned that she had made it head and shoulders past the oncoming car before it hit.
I'm not from a hunting
It's extremely empowering. My thanks to my mentors and to the deer.
One thing that stands out to me is the way I was led to the deer at the right place and the right time. I was on an out-and-back trip to the
Another thing that stands out is how I actually feel like I know this deer now; how much compassion I feel for her; and how strongly I want to honor her life by using her hide, bones, meat, and sinew. The more work I put into turning her gifts into useful and beautiful things, the more respect I give her.
I hope her spirit has passed to a peaceful place, and give thanks for her life and her gifts.