Every year I begin counting down the days until September 15th. When that morning finally arrives you can usually find me in a tree stand with a bow in my hand.

Even though evenings are my favorite time to hunt early season, you won’t find me hunting the first evening. That is because September 15th is also opening day for another passion of mine, which is gigging suckers.

Being born and raised near Birch Tree, Missouri, I am blessed to be brought up around the Jacks Fork and Eleven Point Rivers. For many years now, I try to spend opening night of gigging season on the water fighting the bugs that are attracted to the bright lights of the boat; it’s worth it, though.

It’s one of those smalltown traditions, everyone goes on opening night, no matter what.

For those of you who don’t know what sucker gigging is, here is an insight as to why this sport is so addicting.

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