Pennsylvania Game News - December 2015 - 24

Broken eg
T

HREE WEEKS before the firearms
deer season opener, I did the worst
thing a hunter could do: I broke my leg.
An awkward crash into the boards
during a hockey game - followed by a
clean break of my tibia and a compound
fracture of my fibula - abruptly ended my
fall-turkey hunting.
After a four-day stay at the hospital,
including surgery to implant a titanium
rod inside my shinbone, I came home for
a long recovery period.
But through it all, I just couldn't shake
the thought of not getting out to hunt deer.
Much thought was put in to getting
me in the woods for the Monday opener.
But my first step was simply being able
to take one. Of course, I was determined
to heal fast.
With crutches, I could hobble for about
20 feet before the pain became too intense,
so it seemed unlikely I'd make it into the
Indiana County woods for deer season.
But as the days went by, the bandages
came off and the staples were pulled. The
pain - while still significant - subsided
some.
I still couldn't put pressure on the
broken leg, but I could get around halfway
decently on crutches.
With deer season less than a week
away, I was convinced I could at least get

into the woods. My tree stand was out of
the question. Crutches, trees and steep
terrain don't go well together.
It would be the first time in 17 years I
didn't hunt from that stand, and it bothered
me. But I didn't have a choice. The risks
were unnecessary and too great.
Although I couldn't reach my stand on
the hillside, I was sure I could get into the
hollow at the hill's base by using an old
logging road.
The plan was to park along the dirt road
that parallels the hillside, and with my
father carrying my rifle, I'd hobble down
the old logging road, across a narrow
stream and reach the base of the hill.
There, I could get a view up the
hillside, and watch several deer trails that
cut across it.
I preferred my stand, but at least I
would be in the woods for opening day.
On Sunday, my father carried a folding
lawn chair and an old card table to my
chosen spot. The chair would serve as my
stand and the table, a shooting rest. With
rain in the forecast, he also strapped an
umbrella to a tree above the chair.
As a final precaution, he placed a few
sturdy ash boards over the stream for a
place to cross.
With renewed optimism, I began to feel
the excitement that builds in every hunter

The umbrella strapped to the tree,
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