Pennsylvania Game News - January 2017 - 18

Putting It Into Perspective

I

T HAD BEEN a tough 2015 deer season, at least as far as bagging a deer goes. After
the seasons had closed, I brought up my bad luck to my wife Debbie. One thing after
another seemed to have occurred to keep me from putting tags on the ears of deer.
The archery season behind my house in York County started out with promise.
On opening morning, as soon as it got light, I watched two bucks, one with a tall rack
and the other a wide rack with short tines, emerge from a thicket. They never got within
range, but I knew I'd probably see one or both again. I did, too.
On Columbus Day, I was a little late but still climbed into the ladder tree stand before
first light. At daybreak, I spotted what I'm figuring were the same two bucks. They were
out of range and munching on acorns to the right and behind my stand.
Both bucks moved out of sight, but about 20 minutes later I heard a crash behind me
and dismissed it as a limb coming off a tree, which was strange with no wind.
A few minutes later, I spotted a buck coming up a trail near my stand, and it stopped
15 yards away. It was the wide-racked one with short tines. I had the crosshairs of the
crossbow scope behind the buck's shoulder, but noticed something wasn't quite right.
The buck was hunched up and moving stiff-legged.
Then, I spotted my neighbor, looking at the ground and walking slowly. I didn't even
know he was in his tree stand, but it quickly became clear - he was following a blood trail!
I had a quick decision to make. Not wanting to put another arrow in his deer, I let it walk.
When my neighbor spotted me, he came over and told me both bucks came under his
tree stand, about 80 yards from me, when he made a good shot on the wide 6-point. He
said the buck with the tall rack had only four points.
After pointing out the last place I saw the buck, I asked if he wanted help in trailing,
or if he wanted to back out and give it some time. He said he was sure the buck had been
hit hard and wouldn't go far.
To make a long story short, he never found the deer, and said he wished I would have
shot it.
On the firearms season opener, hunting a new farm in York County, I saw five does
but couldn't get shots.
On the appointed day to hunt my buddy Pete's leased ground, where I had killed a
big buck in 2014, it turned out to be nearly 70 degrees, and I passed up a small buck. It
turned out to be the only deer any of the hunting party saw that day.
Again, after complaining about my bad luck when I got home, ever-sensible Debbie
said I had taken plenty of deer over the years, and then reminded me of something I had
told her a couple of weeks before. It was after coming in from hunting out of my tree
stand on one of those frosty, still, November mornings when the woods glistened after
a glorious sunrise.
"What am I going to do when all this ends, and I can no longer climb into a tree stand
to hunt and miss a morning like this?" I asked her then.
"Remember and appreciate the mornings you've experienced, and the deer you've
taken," was all she said.
Enough said.

Bob D'Angelo

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