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Jon Lester: Hunting Is Far More Than Harvesting Animals


Editor’s Note: With the sport of baseball heating up the past couple of weeks, we revisited one of Mossy Oak’s Pro Staffers, Jon Lester. As a pitcher, Lester won the last game in the 2007 World Series. He pitched in games one and five for the Red Sox in the 2013 World Series and won both those games, enabling Boston to be the 2013 World Series championship team. Jon has been playing in the major League for 8 years as a pitcher and enjoys being outdoors.

Question: Jon, what do you like about deer hunting?

Lester: I enjoy the calmness of the woods. For me, there’s nothing more relaxing than being in a deer stand waiting to see the critters - whether it’s deer, squirrels or any other animals I can watch while I’m sitting in my stand. I also enjoy listening to the sounds of the woods. I get to see the sunrise and the sunset and observe the purest forms of nature. I was talking with Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland of Mossy Oak once, and we discussed the fact that most people, who don’t hunt, don’t really understand that hunting is much much more than harvesting animals. Obviously, we are all hunters, and we want to have a positive result from our hunting efforts. But now that I’m a landowner and land manager, I want to see the fruits of my labor every season. I want to see my deer herd grow and become healthier. I also want my children to learn to be stewards of the land and wildlife. I’ve had a great time these last 5 years watching how my family and I have been able to improve our land and watch the animals on our land grow and become healthier. This year we added a lake to my property. Being able to visualize what the lake would look like and see that lake become a reality was a hugely satisfying experience for me. 

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Watch Jon Lester explain why he hunts:

Day 2: Lester is Two-Team Player for the Boston Red Sox and Mossy Oak

Tomorrow: Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox Loves To Practice - Throwing a Baseball and Shooting His Bow

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