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Cover Painting by Mark anderson
As the pale sun fades in the winter sky, a flash - no two flashes
- of movement awaken a silent snowscape drifting to sleep.
A pair of deer found themselves together this icy day. Were
they pushed to move, or are they pushing themselves? One
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set trigger.
When he was about 30 yards out, I
lined up my shot, took a deep breath,
then squeezed the trigger.
And I was greeted by the worst
sound a flintlock hunter can hear -
CLICK!
I held steady waiting for the flash,
then bang, but ... nothing!
I quickly checked to make sure the
buck hadn't run off, then cocked the
hammer a second time, checked the
pan and shut the frizzen.
The buck's antlers were getting
bigger with every step, and he still was
moving closer. I squeezed the trigger
one more time.
CLICK!
Not again!
By this time, I no longer was cold;
actually, I was getting a little heated.
And the buck showed me he'd heard
the last click, loud and clear, when he
stopped in his tracks at the sound.
I cocked the hammer again, dumped
all powder out of the pan, and used the
tree for cover as I discreetly refilled it.
As I pulled the set trigger for what
I knew was the final time, the buck
looked right at me. I squeezed one last
time, and the smoke flew.
The big buck fell just a few steps
from where he'd been standing.
JANUARY 2019

I don't know if I was more surprised
to see him on the ground, or that the
Hawken finally went off.
And I still didn't know if the shaking
was from the cold or my nerves.
It was the biggest buck I'd ever
harvested, and with a flintlock muzzleloader, no less.
I couldn't believe my luck.
But as I approached my downed
trophy, I really couldn't believe it. The
big buck now was a half-rack! His left
antler was gone, evidently knocked
loose as he fell against a log.
Luckily, it was lying in the snow
next to the buck.
And when my dad arrived to help
me, he took a few photographs of me
with the buck, holding his antler in
place, of course, so my buddies could
fully appreciate it when they rose and
saw what they missed.
The buck grossed 133-3/8 inches,
netting 129 inches after only 4-3/4
inches of deductions, though the score
is unofficial due to the dropped antler.
Still, this heavy Clarion County
10-point, taken at just 15 yards, made
braving the bitter cold worth it.
And maybe this season, I'll have
some company if I get the chance to
head out with a flintlock in belowfreezing temperatures.
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