Pennsylvania Game News - January 2014 - 9

A Hunter at Heart

By Logan M. Elliot

P

ERCHED atop the old Hotpoint
refrigerator at camp is an item that
seems oddly out of place. Resting in its
place of honor is a wild cherry branch.
Only 14 inches long and an inch in diameter, the branch serves as a reminder
that hunting is a sport of inches.
Drilled squarely in the center of the
branch is a bullet hole from a flintlock
rifle. The hole represents an encounter
with one of the biggest bucks I've ever
seen while hunting. Each time I take
the stick from its spot atop the refrigerator, I relive the hunt, the shot and
the sight of that heavy-racked buck
trotting off, headed for parts unknown.
The small portion of sapling, containing a clean, round hole tinged in gray
from the lead ball, is important to me.
The branch reminds me that hunting is more than just the sum of our
successes; that trophies are not just

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mounted heads or filled tags. Hunting
is the extent of our experiences, interacting with nature and becoming part
of a whole larger than ourselves where
we neither control nor dominate. The
outcome is the result of our preparation
and planning coinciding with the lives
and instincts of other creatures.
As deer hunters, we watch intently
for the movement that signals the coming of the buck we expect to see. When
long minutes turn to hours and the day
is winding down, our expectations are
lowered. The buck needn't be so big
and the antlers can now be less than
the trophies seen in calendar photos.
We begin to accept the worst; nothing will pass this way today. Then without the warning or fanfare that such
an event deserves, a deer materializes.
Looking as if it has always been there, it
fits into the surrounding landscape like
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