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activities, I had to accept I would never
hunt again. ALS has no cure and often is
referred to as a war that cannot be won. I
was not ready, though, to raise the white
flag like a fleeing deer running past my
stand, heading for the sanctuary of thick
cover.
First, I had to take stock of what I had
left and reflect on - and be thankful for
- all I had experienced. There was much
to dwell upon; more than 50 years afield
in the wilds of many states, Canada and
Africa, with the majority of those days
spent hunting here in Penn's Woods.
And hunt I did, sometimes weeks on
end throughout dozens of autumns. The
memories of those days never fade, they
remain sharp and fresh. They never can
be taken away.
With time to reason, I concluded I
wasn't really in a war at all, that I hadn't
entered a field of battle. Instead, I redefined whatever time I had remaining as
an opportunity to bring to light and share
with others through words and images, a
book, Penn's Woods Passages. It would
become the most demanding project of
my career. The story behind the making
of the book appeared in the January 2021
issue of Game News, so there is no need to
revisit the details here. My strengths were
that I still was at the height of my creative
powers, and most importantly, I had the
support of many people.
Even though I maintained a positive
outlook, I admit there were a few dark
days, such as the one when they came
to pick up my new truck that I had just
finished accessorizing, and now couldn't
drive. But the book project held the promise of being something enduring and more
meaningful than material things like the
truck and my hunting gear.
When I delivered the book last fall, I
was tired but elated that it was completed
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within the deadline for printing. It was
time to ease back into the real world. I had
been working nonstop for eight months,
dark-to-dark every day, and suddenly
realized that it was autumn.
October was all around me: dense
morning fogs cloaking the color in the
hills; drifting leaves; raptors and warblers moving through; squirrels in their
lustrous, pewtery coats working the oaks
with a greater degree of intensity. The
pendulum of my favorite season was
swinging toward its apogee. But for the
first time, I felt out of sync with the natural
world. Hunting season was upon the land,
and I wasn't ready. I had to remind myself,
time and again, that there was nothing to
get ready for.
I felt like an old uprooted oak tree on
the forest floor, never again to stand tall
throughout the seasons among the ranks
of others, never again to watch the wild
creatures pass beneath, to experience chill
autumn rains and frosts, the vagaries of the
winds buffeting leaves, the vaulting blue
dome of a perfect October sky.
I soon found, however, that I couldn't
have been more wrong.
When a tree falls, it remains an integral
part of the forest on yet another long journey as it returns to the earth. Its crown's
absence in the canopy allows sunlight to
enter, promoting new growth. It serves as
host to other creatures: the deer that bed
down amidst the branches, the raccoon
that walks atop its trunk, the chipmunks
that cache nuts in its cavity, the insects that
bore within. Like a fallen oak, I still was
a part of the woods, not something apart
from it. I just had to adjust my perspective.
When the November rut steamrolled
in, I longed to be out and about on familiar
ground, my passion for bowhunting boiling like the blood of a rut-crazed buck. As
the season continued, though, mail and



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