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soon be home hunting with me, and this
trip would be more about scouting for his
hunt than anything else.
Greg's favorite spot is "over the mountain." It's quite a hike from where we park,
and the first quarter-mile involves hiking
a 45-degree grade, but I was determined
to check it out for him.
It was a cool morning with some snow,
and as I reached the peak of the hill, the
burn in my lungs returned. A pain traveled
up my neck to my left jaw. It only lasted
half a minute, but I slung my rifle to free
my hands, so I could massage my neck.
I later spotted a good buck but couldn't
get a shot at it.
When Greg arrived, he couldn't have
been more delighted to be back in Pennsylvania. And he was even more exuberant when I told him about the buck I'd
seen.
I smiled at the prospect that maybe I'd
been denied that buck, so my son could
take it during his only day to hunt.
After the two-hour drive to Warren
County, we began our climb. As we
reached the halfway point, the pain I'd
experienced on the opener again branched
up my neck to my jaw. It wasn't a sharp
pain, more like an ache.
I advised Greg to leave me there,
explaining I wanted to hunt the front side
of the mountain. With a look of concern,
he asked if I was OK. I convinced him
all was well.
An hour later I heard a shot over the
mountain I knew was Greg's. I started
back up the mountain and eventually
found my son bent over a large doe. He
completed field-dressing it and we headed
back to the truck. While helping him drag
the deer, I realized the extreme effort it
would take to drag a deer alone.
After Greg returned home, my wife
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insisted on two things - that I see my
doctor and purchase a game cart should I
need to haul out a deer.

T

HE LAST SATURDAY of the
season, I was back in Warren County
on the mountain, this time with a deer cart.
At 4 p.m., a small antlerless deer tried
to sneak by. I squeezed off a shot, glad to
acquire some meat for the freezer on the
last hour of the season.
After tagging and field-dressing the
deer, I thanked God for at least this gift.
And while it wasn't a large deer, I still was
thankful for the game cart.
Keeping my promise to my spouse, I
walked into my doctor's office a couple
days later. "Doc" likes to hunt, and we
shared hunting stories. I then explained
the symptoms I'd experienced while hunting and exercising.
He was noticeably concerned.
"Lay down," he scolded, while ordering a nurse to bring the EKG machine into
the exam room. "It looks like you may
have had a heart attack. You are lucky to
be alive, and you're going to a cardiologist
right now, no argument!"
A stress test and heart catheterization revealed one artery was 99 percent
blocked, and a stent was necessary to
relieve the pressure. My heart was not
damaged, but I learned that if I'd exerted
myself just a bit more it might have been
a different story.
What if I had successfully tagged a
large deer, and tried to drag it out alone
without the aid of a cart?
The famous song by country music star
Garth Brooks came to mind. "Sometimes
I thank God for unanswered prayers!" I
now consider myself blessed to be denied
my prayer to tag a large buck.



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