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the same path they'd left on.

ANOTHER CHANCE, AND MORE

With the 8-point in range, and my mind
clear of memories from the last two shots,
I drew back and settled the pin behind his
shoulder, and began to execute the shot
like any other.
Anchor points, check.
Breathing controlled, check.
Release.
With a loud and welcomed whack, my
arrow connected at 20 yards, mid-chest,
and right behind the shoulder.
The buck ran, tail-tucked, for about 40
yards, stopped and looked around, staggered for a few steps, then began walking.
I could see the arrow about halfway
into his chest cavity and knew I must have
hit at least one lung.
He staggered a few more steps and,
after what seemed like five minutes, but
was probably only 30 seconds, he staggered and fell.
I watched through binoculars for about
30 minutes as the deer lay motionless, and
I shivered in the cool November air.
An amazing range of emotions swept
over me. I reflected on the thorough disgust I felt, knowing I'd likely never again
see the beautiful 7-point I'd wounded days
earlier. I thought about the chances of
seeing another deer on the same trail used
by the doe I'd missed, only minutes earlier. I thought about the chances of getting
a second opportunity at a shooter buck.
I pondered what lay ahead - the drag to
the truck through the edge of the swamp
and the story I'd tell, this time with a
satisfying ending.
Deciding to approach my fallen trophy
with caution, I nocked an arrow and eased
my way to within 20 yards.
A twig snapped under my boot.
The buck's head picked up and he
NOVEMBER 2018

struggled to stand!
He's still alive! But how?!
I dropped to one knee and drew back
yet again. At the first sight of an entry
point into the chest cavity, I sent a second
arrow into him.
He expired in less than a minute.
I've always done my best work under
pressure, but I had to wonder if this day
could get more stressful, and if a greater
power was testing me.
I took a seat in the crunchy autumn
leaves next to this magnificent animal,
admiring him and the experience he
gave me.
I was proud. Not just proud of my
morning's accomplishment, but about the
fact it all happened on state game lands,
where Pennsylvania hunters forever have
an opportunity to do what they love.
And I was proud of the fact that I kept
my chin up.
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