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My initial instinct was to pick up the eager anticipation that comes with the
pace, an exhausting option given the possibility of Mr. Wall Hanger saunterconditions. When I paused to catch my ing into range - it is often the periphbreath again, I could still hear the thing erals - the little things that entertain
lumbering behind me, so I changed and amuse us - that fill those long,
tactics and decided to stand my ground dedicated, occasionally mind-numbing
as it closed in on me. At last I saw hours on stand.
movement and caught my nemesis in
After all, where do we find your
the dimming flashlight beam. What I average, non-bowhunter type at daysaw instantly dispelled all those retro- break on an early October morning?
spectively ridicuChances are he
lous nightmar- If you listen closely,
(or she) is rollish speculations.
ing over in bed,
Caught there in you also may detect the
sound asleep,
the beam of light honking of Canada geese
ignoring that
was the biggest,
compelling call
or the dog-like barking of
burliest porcuof the wild. But
snow geese far overhead
pine I had ever
not you - you've
e n c o u n t e r e d , as they make their way to
been on stand for
drawn, I suspect,
an hour, your ears
by the salty aro- more southern climes.
keenly attuned
ma of my sweat.
to the busy, preI took a few steps forward and he cau- dawn music of nature - much of it
tiously ambled away and disappeared a chorus of insect chatter: chirping
back into the night.
crickets and singing katydids.
My hair-raising episode with that
And the Phantom of the Opera has
hard-charging porky (hey, quill pigs can nothing on Mother Nature when it
reach bursts of speed exceeding 2 mph) comes to the "music of the night."
was what some bowhunters might call a Joining in natural harmony with the
"peripheral." That's a word that can be early season insect sounds are those of
defined as constituting an outer bound- a variety of nocturnal birds. Unseen
ary, something of lesser importance, owls are out there and active. The
or an auxiliary - as in something that eerie, trilling calls of the screech owl
provides additional help or support. suggest ghosts or banshees. Somewhere
Another way to look at peripherals is in the distance sounds the deep series
as the extra perks, benefits, and bonuses of hoots from a great horned owl, or a
that so often accompany the simple act barred owl asks that familiar, repetitive
of bowhunting, such as my silly, yet ex- question, "Who cooks for you?" You
citingly spine-tingling encounter with might even hear the chant of the
that porcupine, which is, I might add, whip-poor-will early in the season. But
really the only thing I still remember the most exciting sounds you'll hear
as dawn approaches are the footfalls
about that hunt.
While the major aim of virtually of deer passing near or beneath your
every bowhunting excursion is bagging stand as you imagine the biggest buck
that trophy buck and the hope and you've never seen nearing and pray
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