I have always enjoyed listening to the accounts of others’ exploits in the woods or on the water. Over the past several months I have received literally hundreds of emails, phone calls and photos recalling memorable moments made in the field during this year’s deer hunting seasons. My favorites are the ones involving children or beginners, yet I appreciate every single one.
Just the other day I heard from Kokomo’s Josh Trine, who detailed one of his most memorable seasons ever and it did not end with him taking a deer.
Trine’s father was diagnosed with a hole in his heart at birth. Although his legal name is Charlie, everyone knows him as Bud. Even though born with a birth defect, the older Trine has always had a passion for the outdoors. It was his love of hunting that led him to pass on the tradition to his son.
In 1992, Bud had to have open-heart surgery, which forced him to give up the activity he had grown to love. It was during his recovery and unable to hunt himself, he made the time to begin teaching his son the skills necessary in becoming a hunter and trapper. Bud was often times accompanied by close personal friend Pete Schmitt. They enjoyed sharing their knowledge with the younger Trine.
“From the beginning, all Dad and Pete cared about was me taking a deer,” Josh explained. “They never really cared if they took a deer or not, instead it was all about me.”
Shortly after, Bud learned he would need a pacemaker and defibrillator surgically placed in his upper chest. This again precluded him from hunting. Unable to pull back the legally required draw weight for a bow or handle the punishing recoil of a shotgun, Bud spent his time encouraging and helping his son.