In Honor of My Wife

DeeDee

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In Honor of My Wife
For the 39 years we were married my wife, Thelma, was my everything. She was not only my wife, but my hunting partner. Thelma was born in the back-country of Jellico, Tennessee. Hunting was second nature to her. When asked where she would like to go on our honeymoon, she said hog hunting. Now that's a real woman.
Shortly after our last hunt cancer took her.
Please join me in this very special tribute...
In Honor of My Wife.

This 'real woman' was a hog hunter extraordinary, the best of the best:

At 78, and without my partner, I can no longer charge through swamps in hot pursuit of the biggest, wildest, meanest wild boar hogs. But I still love to
pull-that-trigger. Enter Perry Florida's Two Guys and a Hog Outfitters...

As we enter camp the excitement level is off the chart:

Let's go!
Hey! These guys are good; they know I am here. I am beginning to believe they do not think too much of the idea of being shot.


They are...

Slowly, step-by step, the smaller hogs approach. The BIG boys stay behind:

Finally it's...

Honey, I just cannot get that shot; wish you were here.
Let's hit the Bunkhouse and try again in the morning:

That heater is really appreciated, it's getting cold, really cold.
It's so cold the hogs are in a panic to get to that corn.
The small/medium sized hogs rush in; the BIG boys don't. Will I ever get that trophy to make Thelma proud of her husband?

Finally! But he is on 'high alert.

Slowly, ever so slowly, I reach for my Marlin .45-70 stainless guide gun. With a mighty roar, and the kick of a mule, that 405 grain ULTRAMAX is on its way...

Honey, you can be proud of your husband, as proud as he is of you:

Guys, 70 years of charging through swamps, and balancing on boats has done a number on me.
I am determined to keep going as long as I possibly can:

Honey, this is for you:

You are indeed, "a real woman"! Thank you for giving me the best 39 years of my life.
'Are wild hogs safe to clean and eat'?
Absolutely! On page 46 of the January, 2020, issue of Woods'nWater Magazine I give my 'secrets' learned from 60+ years of hog hunting. No other magazine represents the real Florida like Perry, Florida's Woods'nWater. There is a reason why W'nW has lasted 42 years. It's the best of the best!

Being successful leads to a major dilemma. Is whole hog sausage, or smoked over hickory chips better?


Looks like a great deal more study is needed. But that's not the only 'dilemma.'
This is our Florida, our Paradise, our Fishing Capital of the World. Shall we go fishing or hunting?


To help us decide let's check out the short, action packed, video:


In Honor of My Wife
For the 39 years we were married my wife, Thelma, was my everything.
 

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I'm sure she's watching over you and enjoying all the success you have had since.
 

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Bob,
thank you for sharing your tribute to Thelma with us. You have a very special lady there. Keep her close to you by remembering all of the memories you both have shared over those years. Do not dwell on the pain of her absence. Think of one day seeing her again when the Lord returns. Celebrate her life each day with yourself and others. Don't be sad, because God blessed you with someone for 39 years. Have an attitude of gratitude. Many of us will never be that blessed.
She is waiting for you on the other side. You could always share some of those stories right here with us. Just remember, it is not good bye, she will see you later. Take care.
 
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Congratulations and thanks sharing! I love women that go hunting! Great memories!
 

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Great read and sorry for your loss. After 39 years you have plenty is memories to keep you going. She is definitely still with you and giving you hi fives during your victories and giving you encouragement with any challenges you may have.
Take care and keep on truckin’.
 

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Thank you for sharing such personal joy and sadness.
Life is good and your a lucky man to have had 39yrs with such a beautiful wife.
 

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Bob, thanks for sharing.

What can you tell me about the Python Bowl?
Is it a hunt or something on the menu?

Your gal was very obviously very, very special.
 

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Great read sir.

I love the shot with the walker and the dead hog. Determination always wins.

I’m Sure she’s smiling down on ya.
 
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My condolences on the loss of your wife.She's watching over you and enjoyed your hunt as you did.
 

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Cancer sucks. God bless her, and thanks for sharing. A wonderful tribute.
 

DeeDee

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Thanks! Cancer does indeed 'suck'!
The tribute came from the heart. What an honor to have been married to this woman for so many years.
Since Thelma passed I have never even dated again. No one can even come close to her.
 

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In Honor of My Wife
For the 39 years we were married my wife, Thelma, was my everything. She was not only my wife, but my hunting partner. Thelma was born in the back-country of Jellico, Tennessee. Hunting was second nature to her. When asked where she would like to go on our honeymoon, she said hog hunting. Now that's a real woman.
Shortly after our last hunt cancer took her.
Please join me in this very special tribute...
In Honor of My Wife.

This 'real woman' was a hog hunter extraordinary, the best of the best:

At 78, and without my partner, I can no longer charge through swamps in hot pursuit of the biggest, wildest, meanest wild boar hogs. But I still love to
pull-that-trigger. Enter Perry Florida's Two Guys and a Hog Outfitters...

As we enter camp the excitement level is off the chart:

Let's go!
Hey! These guys are good; they know I am here. I am beginning to believe they do not think too much of the idea of being shot.


They are...

Slowly, step-by step, the smaller hogs approach. The BIG boys stay behind:

Finally it's...

Honey, I just cannot get that shot; wish you were here.
Let's hit the Bunkhouse and try again in the morning:

That heater is really appreciated, it's getting cold, really cold.
It's so cold the hogs are in a panic to get to that corn.
The small/medium sized hogs rush in; the BIG boys don't. Will I ever get that trophy to make Thelma proud of her husband?

Finally! But he is on 'high alert.

Slowly, ever so slowly, I reach for my Marlin .45-70 stainless guide gun. With a mighty roar, and the kick of a mule, that 405 grain ULTRAMAX is on its way...

Honey, you can be proud of your husband, as proud as he is of you:

Guys, 70 years of charging through swamps, and balancing on boats has done a number on me.
I am determined to keep going as long as I possibly can:

Honey, this is for you:

You are indeed, "a real woman"! Thank you for giving me the best 39 years of my life.
'Are wild hogs safe to clean and eat'?
Absolutely! On page 46 of the January, 2020, issue of Woods'nWater Magazine I give my 'secrets' learned from 60+ years of hog hunting. No other magazine represents the real Florida like Perry, Florida's Woods'nWater. There is a reason why W'nW has lasted 42 years. It's the best of the best!

Being successful leads to a major dilemma. Is whole hog sausage, or smoked over hickory chips better?


Looks like a great deal more study is needed. But that's not the only 'dilemma.'
This is our Florida, our Paradise, our Fishing Capital of the World. Shall we go fishing or hunting?


To help us decide let's check out the short, action packed, video:


In Honor of My Wife
For the 39 years we were married my wife, Thelma, was my everything.
I always enjoy your posts on BD, Bob.
But this is by far your best one. You have admirably honored your loving wife.
We all strive for that connection.
 

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Thanks for sharing, and 39 years is a long life together. May we all be so lucky. Going on 28 married, and 31 together. Can't say my wife would be into hunting like yours was. ha. but she does enjoy the outdoors.

Happy New year.
 

DeeDee

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Even if she does not hunt you can still enjoy the great outdoors with her.
"39 years is a long life together" My only regret is that it was not a lot longer.
I have a BA in Psychology. Wanted to continue my education. Decided to get married instead. Thelma had three daughters by her first marriage. When we married I immediately adopted the little girls (ages 7,6,4). Dee, Barbara, and Betty are our daughters.

One day I was single, the next I had a wife and three daughters.
Best thing I ever did in my life. I love them so much!
I devoted full time to my new family. This was much more important than earning that PhD.
 
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Bob:

Love your posts. Families that hunt and fish together, stay together. You are a mentor for many of us young bucks. Thank you.
 

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Have always enjoyed your writing bob,please keep it up!
 

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Bob,
Thank you for sharing such a personal part of your life, illustrating once again just how precious life is.
Our sincere condolences.
 

DeeDee

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Thanks! Family is everything.

"You are a mentor for many of us young bucks."
What an honor! I try my best to be a good one.
 

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Dude that’s off the charts and bow my head in condolences.
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