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snow. Then, we break off the road and
descend into the hollow to my spot.
Did I mention this is my spot?
My brother shot his buck from my
stand.

REUNION

We arrive to find Mike perched on my
rock, 20 feet up. He leaves with Dad to
try and find an alternate, less-arduous way
out, leaving me to hunt for a short time.
This is the only hunting I'll do today.
They return about 30 minutes later,
convinced there's still only one way in
and out of this place, and we head down
to Mike's buck.
" You defiled my spot, " I tell him, trying
to hide the half-smile on my face.
" It's a good spot! " he replies with a big
brotherly smile.
I was happy for him.
Dad and I haul the 6-point out of the
hollow over potentially leg-breaking
rocks, ford the small stream, and head out
the old logging road.
Over several hours, we heckle Mike
the whole way back.
Sunday brings freezing rain, but
thankfully it changes to snow overnight.
By 4:30 a.m. Monday, another 3 inches
has fallen, coating every tree branch,
out to the thinnest twigs. We push past
icy, 4-foot-high saplings that creak in
the breeze. Snow allows us to walk with
no flashlights; we can just make out our
footing.
This is the part of hunting I like least:
racing the rising sun. I carry my coat,
pack and rifle in an unsuccessful attempt
to not overheat. I'm fine for most of the
first mile, but as we climb to the hollow's
rim, it becomes impossible.
Daylight begins to reveal the landscape's colors as we descend toward

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my stand on the rock. Mike whispers,
" Coyote, " pointing to tracks in the snow.
I use my flashlight to get a better look.
While snow has filled them enough to
disguise their maker, their round outline
gives me doubts.
We work our way out onto the rock; it
sits just below the hollow's rim to disguise
our silhouette. As we settle in, I cool down
quickly.

MY SPOT

Chickadees are our first company,
busily chattering in the tree branches
mere feet above us. When they disperse,
I throw on my coat, enveloping myself in
a cold blanket.
As light augments my vision, I notice
there are more of the same tracks Mike
found. The stride is short - too short for
a coyote. I'm certain they are bobcat.
They're everywhere: going in and out all
the cavities created by smaller boulders
and rock slabs leaning against the larger
rock formation.
A vole darts across the next rock over.
Surely a bobcat finds plenty to eat here.
Soon, nuthatches are exploring the
bark of nearby trees. Vocalizing as they do
so, one of my brother's old declarations
rings in my head: " Nuthatches are good
luck. " Then, they're gone.
A single raven beats its wings against
the cold air, uttering its deep guttural call.
Perched in a tree in front of us, it considers
us, then retraces its flight, fading into the
clearcut behind us.
Then nothing. For a long time, all there
is to see is snow-covered rocks and trees
trimmed with white. No sound, not even
distant chainsaws or shale rigs. Peace.
I flinch noticeably as a shot rings out in
the distance behind us. My brother laughs.
I was drifting, thinking about all the other



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