Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - 64

T

Chasing Down a Chance

HE BRANCHES were bare, but I could only see through them well enough
to tell the buck that had scooted into view, well outside of bow range, was
no monster. What I didn't know is that he'd come
to me on the flank, watching and waiting at a distance
as he monitored the happenings 50 yards or more
to his left. When a doe popped over the rise and
giddy-upped in my direction, the bigger picture
became clear.
The brute behind her was so big his boarish
body bobbed left, then right, like a balloon, as he
pumped his legs to take up her trail.
The bow that, moments ago, and from daybreak through the
lunch hour, had hung idly in its holder, every bit as still as those bare branches, now
was in hand. The release clenched the string. All she'd need to do was turn to her right
to bring the chase past my stand, and just maybe, instinct would tell them to stop. Even
when she began her wide turn to the left, an evasive maneuver that eventually took the
pair back down over the rise, I wasn't sure what would happen next.
That's the beauty of these chases, which on any day and at any time in midNovember - in the beat of a racing heart - can flip the switch on the deer woods to its
full electric limit. I can think of few things more exciting, even though I've never had
a chase take the perfect turn to a shooting lane. But what memories!
More than a quarter-century has passed since I first witnessed such a chase, and it
remains as vivid in my mind's eye as the day that tall-tined buck's pale rack bounded
repeatedly above, then below, the dark emerald leaves that topped the laurel patch a
few yards from where I stood. When he lost the doe's trail, he cut and leapt directly
for me. Front legs bent and hooves at his chest, he twisted midair when he saw me,
and still hit the ground running to circle back into the patch.
There was the time, too, where noontime commitments forced me to the ground
promptly at 10 a.m., and before I could pull the pins from the stand's climbing band,
a doe crashed over the bank at full speed. The basket-rack that - literally - was on
her tail - grunted with every hasty stride. And while the hoist rope still was wrapped
to my bow's handle, and the arrows in their quiver, even that chase afforded the opportunity to get a rare look at the hairpin turn that led to the doe's successful escape,
as well as a dandy buck that had been bedded within 100 yards of me. Evidently, he
wanted no part of the unfolding action, walking out of the area across a cut cornfield.
These are the magical moments that make November days in Penn's Woods so
special. And, sooner or later, on one of them, the chase might end with me.

Travis Lau
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover1
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - D
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Contents
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