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The Deer Saver
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By Matthew Grover, Bellmore, N.Y.

ack in the old days, my
father took his first several
deer with borrowed guns
and the unsighted Model 
Winchester pump he used
for ducks. When the time came to allow
himself his first rig specifically for deer, he
bought an Ithaca Model  "Deer Slayer"
and a low-power Weaver scope. The next
few seasons afield produced no luck for
Dad, prompting our good friend Dave to
kid him by naming the new gun the "Deer
Saver." It became a recurring joke.
After a few years, however, the Deer
Saver proved itself a worthy tool in my
father's hands, and deer began to fall to it
As my brother put it, Dad had
with some regularity. When Dave jokingly "passed the torch."
referred to the Deer Saver, Dad suggested
Over the years the Deer Saver and I
that we might have to strike that name have seen many more great adventures in
due to all the evidence piling up to the the field. The most notable was the bancontrary.
ner season when Paul shot his first buck,
Meanwhile, as my brother Paul and and then Earl and I also took bucks-all
I reached the age when we sometimes on opening day, during a two-hour
joined our father in the hunt, we bor- period-unheard of in that neck of the
rowed guns from Dad, including the woods! We had plenty of good meat that
Model  and the Deer Saver. We enjoyed year. Or when Dad, at age , overcame
every minute of those trips, but it so hap- cold and arthritis to take a nice buck.
pened that for many years neither Paul When we found him in the woods with
nor I had gotten a good opportunity at his deer, I was so happy for him and proud
a buck, and lacking doe permits, neither of his accomplishment. I grinned and said,
of us had ever taken a deer. I never fired "The old fossil strikes again!" It was a most
a single shot in the field during deer memorable hunt.
season-until the year Dad transferred
Now, as another opening day dawns,
ownership of the Deer Saver to me. I was I'm sitting silently among the trees watchthrilled and honored with the gift. That ing the forest awaken. The sun rises and
year I had my first chance at a spike buck. four hours pass with barely a stir from the
The Deer Saver's aim was true, and as I smaller creatures, and there is no sign of
field-dressed the deer and told my father any deer. Suddenly a buck appears in the
the details of the hunt, I felt somewhat distance, and my heart begins to pound as
like a kid who just got his first hit in little I take in his substantial antlers, although
league-though I was nearly  years old! he is far outside the range of my -gauge
slug. After a brief pause, he begins to head
back from whence he came, but then fateFor bragboard photos go to
fully alters his course and moves in my
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direction. My excitement intensifies as

the buck meanders even closer, and I do
my best to stay concealed behind a tree
as I watch and wait. The buck steps down
into a hollow out of my sight and does not
reappear for many agonizing minutes. I
worry that I've blown my chance at the
best buck I've seen hunting in this area
where they are few and small. At last
he materializes, in range, but walking
steadily away from me, and I only have
a few moments to pick a shot. I swing
the muzzle to match his pace, and as he
steps clear of a bush I squeeze the trigger
carefully. At the shot the buck lunges
and begins to run-have I missed? I am
relieved when he suddenly collapses
and falls out of my sight again.
Once I regain my composure, I emerge
from my post to walk up on my princely
buck, attend to the necessary preparations and hurry back to our vacation
cottage where my father still rests in
bed, not having felt well enough to get
out this morning. I tell him, "The Deer
Saver strikes again!" and of course he is
thrilled with the news and demands a full
recounting of my time afield.
A shoulder mount of that buck now
graces my living room wall, a reminder of
best days spent in the forest, my hunting
comrades and the Deer Saver. It is a fine
gun and a precious family heirloom, and
to me it is more than that. It is a symbol of
the greater gifts passed from father to son:
love, and appreciation of the outdoors
and our hunting heritage. ah

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