Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 10/24/14
Chipper Jones couldnt wait to exchange his bat for his bow. A month into his retirement, Jones already has taken hunting trips to Oklahoma and Kansas, where he killed a deer, and is now headed to Nebraska. (Were) off to a good start, he said. Jones has hunted about as long as he has played baseball. Hunting is a passion that often consumed his offseasons during his 19 years with the Atlanta Braves.When baseball ended, often, appropriately enough, during deer season, hunting began. Hes enjoying himself, longtime teammate Brian McCann said Saturday before his Rally Foundations annual celebrity softball game to raise money for childhood cancer. Hes hunting and spending time with his kids. Hes loving it. Sometimes Jones trips take him on a tour of the Great Plains. Sometimes he goes to his familys 9,000-acre Texas ranch called the Double Dime, named that because both Jones and his dad wore No. 10 during their playing days. Jones has been able to parlay his love for hunting into hunting shows. His first was called Buck Commander, which followed Jones and former teammates Adam LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans and country music artists Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean on their pursuit of deer.His second show, called Major League Bowhunter, is shown weekly on The Sportsman Channel. No coincidence, the shows logo bears a remarkable resemblance to the MLB logo. When Jones thrilled his fans by joining Twitter (@RealCJ10) in late July, his second tweet was about the Braves. His third?About hunting, specifically his new show: For u hunters out there, I'm no longer on (Buck Commander) full time, tho u will see me on some shows. Major league bowhunter is my new baby on sportsmans. Jones retired after the Braves season ended with a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League wild-card playoff game on Oct. 5.He made a costly fourth-inning throwing error in his last game, a poor conclusion to a final season in which he hit several clutch home runs, had a five-hit game and singled in his final All-Star game at-bat to go with many other special moments. Jones hit .287 with 14 homers and 62 runs batted in this season and is considered a first-ballot Hall of Famer as one of only five players along with Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams in MLB history with at least 2,500 hits, 1,500 walks, 1,500 runs, 500 doubles, 450 home runs and 1,500 RBI with career batting average of .300, a .400 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. He hasnt missed baseball yet but expects he will in about four months, when Jones wont do something hes been doing since the early 1990s. When the Braves report for spring training, he wont be with them. Usually, around the end of January, I start getting the itch to go back and start playing, Jones said at the softball game on Saturday. Thats probably when I need to go on a trip somewhere. Ill just have to get away and not read the newspaper and not watch TV, and just kind of let them get started without me. Im sure Ill make an appearance down in spring training, just to play some golf and hang out for about a week. After that, Im going to leave it up to them. He spent Saturday morning coaching two of his four boys flag football game before playing in McCanns celebrity softball game. I didnt think Id be strapping on these cleats quite so soon, but here we are, Jones said. His swing hadnt deserted him in a month Jones hit three home runs in the home run derby. His love of the hunt gave himself and the Braves a scare last November, when he hurt his right knee after falling into a hole while hunting in Kansas. Jones heard a pop and thought for sure he would miss a good portion of his final year, but the MRI showed no serious injury. On Major League Bowhunter, Jones and hunting partners Matt Duff and Jeff Danker video their hunts, supplementing them with overviews of the area theyre hunting and graphics of wind direction, their approach and their target area. Jones said Danker also has killed a deer on the show. Bowhunting is the ultimate, Jones said on his shows website, and I find so many similarities with baseball in that you can always learn new things that can improve your odds of success if you just soak up all the knowledge you can and learn from all your experiences!
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Randall Cobb: Contract situation played role in slow start

Notre Dame WR faces discipline if he hooked up with porn star?

PGA president calls Ian Poulter ‘lil girl’ for Nick Faldo comments

Belichick declines to address Revis' reported tardiness

Texas mayor delays Halloween for Friday night football game

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

WATCH: American flag rips during Game 3 national anthem

WATCH: Tony Parker draws foul by simply yelling 'hey'

Video: Tom Izzo takes the stage with KISS on Midnight Madness

Eight NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

Broncos corner snags INT, then takes pregnant wife to hospital

Gurley dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, yelled, 'Free me'

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Nick Saban pens touching letter after high school coach dies

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.