It is the end of an era...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with WHISPERING PINES REALTY 20398180

Today I took a final walk down memory lane.

I went hunting on my land in Pine County, Minnesota.

The end of an era, is because  dad passed this fall.

We had hunted the opening of Deer Hunting for 45 years, this would have been 46 years.


In the early years we hunted many different locations.

Deer were scarce and we tried many things to harvest any deer

Few of the hunters are still hunting or even with us.  This year I even hunted home opening weekend.


I did make a short trip to my land a week ago, but it was not the same.

Truthfully, it had not really been the same with dad having a stroke and being paralyzed on one side.  But, he still managed to harvest a couple of deer.   But, he was not able to get out into the woods with me and do the small drives we had enjoyed.


So, today, I took a walk down memory lane.  I went to the spot I harvested my first deer.  To the spot dad fell into the little creek because of the slippery snowfall. To where my sister harvested the largest Buck we ever took on the property.

And there was a lot more.  The wins, the loses and good stands and the not so good ones.  Most all had at least some signature of dad on them.


Am I sad to see the property go?  Yes in a way, but then life moves on and it is time to make some new memories.

When someone smart enough to see what this land will provide, they to will build many a memory.  And I wish them safe hunting!!!!


I built this home made stand 20 years ago.  It has served me well, but now is beyond repair.  Some old lumber and carpet for a wind break.

In the spring I will tear it down and get rid of the materials.  Dad was instumental in me building this stand and I could not have done it without him.








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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

One year I had found traces of where a bear had crawled up in my stand and damaged some of the carpet sides. 

Nov 19, 2016 09:44 AM #1
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. This is a touching tribute to him with fond memories of your times together. 

Nov 19, 2016 09:49 AM #2
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

What a wonderful story about your special times with your dad.  So sorry to hear about his death, but it sounds like he was wonderful.

Nov 19, 2016 09:51 AM #3
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Tough to let something like this go Bill, looks like you have some nice timber out there, may want to advertise that when marketing the land.

Nov 19, 2016 03:07 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm sure that final walk was bitter sweet, Bill!  I've gone through similar things a couple times in life, and it isn't the easiest!

Nov 19, 2016 06:03 PM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi William.  Having these wonderful memories should help you with the pain of the loss.

Nov 19, 2016 08:16 PM #6
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, William!  I included this wonderful post in today's Last Week's Favorites.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Nov 20, 2016 01:35 AM #7
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Sorry for your loss of your Dad.  It is also too bad that you sold the land where so many memories were made.

Nov 20, 2016 02:32 AM #8
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon William Feela ,

My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your dad. Hold those memories close and they will comfort you. I'm sure your walk was bitter sweet ..a touching tribute to your dad.

Nov 20, 2016 03:48 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

William- I am so sorry for the loss of your dad.  This was such a beautiful tribute to him and your relationship.  This is a journey that we all must make.  Please know that our thoughts are with you. 

Nov 20, 2016 04:18 AM #10
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

I know how you feel, William. My dad owned some hunting land and after he passed, my brothers still hunt but I gave it up. I do enjoy taking a stroll in the woods, and the land remains in the family. So, you are selling? That much be a bittersweet task. Best of luck, and keep those memories alive!

Nov 20, 2016 07:22 AM #11
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

William Feela - believe me, the end of an era means beginning of a new era!

We come here, we grow and then we disappear - and that's the circle of life!

Nov 20, 2016 11:39 AM #12
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

I hunted the same property for 10 years and it was strange going to a different oe then.  You were there nearly a life time.

Nov 21, 2016 04:15 AM #13
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