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MI – HUNTING – Jim Cable has been hunting for 59 years. He’s passing the tradition on to his grandson.

It was not quite 7 a.m. and Tony Cable trekked into the woods of a friend’s property in Bellevue. Firearm hunting season in Michigan had just kicked off, and the 23-year-old hoped to bring a deer home for his grandmother to cook. Once he found a path of flattened brush, he followed the trail until he reached a tree to prop himself up against. Then, he waited. Shotgun in hand, Cable watched the sun rise over the trees. His grandfather, Jim Cable, 71, sat several yards away from Tony to cover more ground. In his 59 years of hunting, his favorite experience has been passing his hunting knowledge onto his children. He tells his grandson hunting is in their blood. “I hunted with my grandfather. I hunted with my dad,” Jim Cable said. “I carried all the rabbits for my dad and my uncle when I first started. I was seven.” In the Cable family, food tastes better when you’ve killed it yourself. Jim’s wife Linda Cable drizzles cream of mushroom soup over the venison. Once served, the meat cuts softly with just a fork. But hunting is more than a means to eat, it’s how the family realigns themselves with the earth’s rhythms. “I’ll tell you what. Go outside, you close your eyes and listen,” Jim Cable said. “You’ll be surprised what you hear. You can go where there is a lot of music or noise, but if you close your eyes, you can hear birds over the music.” Jim tells Tony that a deer can hear you sneeze from a mile away. That stillness has taught Tony patience, and helps him disconnect from the everyday stresses of life. After two hours of silence, Jim Cable emerged from the brush carrying his rifle. No luck. The grandfather and grandson traveled back to their cars, scoping out more trails the deer might have taken. Jim Cable, a retired delivery truck driver for the Battle Creek Enquirer, is in remission from lung cancer. He kept an oxygen tank strapped to his back during the hunt. “The man has had cancer like three times and still nothing holds him back,” Tony Cable said.  [full article]

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