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By Ellie Behman

At the time of this publication archery season for deer will have already begun in Ohio. Many stories have been written about hunting so I just decided to look at it from the point of view of the deer. After all they most likely have strong opinions of the sport too. Let’s get into the head of a wise old buck that defied Ron during a previous hunting season.

Here’s his side of the story. “There I was, minding my own business, strolling in the field next to the creek. The sun was setting and dusk wasn’t far behind. The air was fresh and clean. All of a sudden I caught the scent of something alien to my nature. I remained completely still in the shadows of the high weeds in the field. Then I heard a loud crack. I looked down and an arrow laid on the ground, under my stomach. I began to laugh and instantly knew what happened. That old bald guy was back up in his tree stand, and got me in his cross hairs. When will he ever learn he can’t outsmart a “seasoned” (excuse the pun) buck like me? “I continued to snort and chuckle and began chomping on some grass. Then I thought I would give that so-called hunter another chance so I posed this way and that way, showing him my best side. Crack! This time I figured I better move quickly because this arrow was way too close for comfort.

Time would only tell when his aim got better and I’d be in trouble. “I made it to the creek and crossed quickly, only to turn and see that old guy coming down from the tree. I wanted to tell him better luck next time but when I noticed how slow he was I knew I had nothing to worry about.” Well folks, there you have it. The other side of a hunting experience. This is a new season, however, and I have every confidence that the old guy might just bag the big one this time. That is unless that buck spread the word last season to his buddies and they are banding together waiting in that field for him. I warned Ron that if he hears anything that sounds like laughter he better get out of there fast and head for safety to his tree stand. “Fast” may be an exaggeration but you know what I mean.

Ellie has been a freelance writer for more than 40 years and has written more than 400 articles. She and her husband spend as much time as possible at their cabin where they enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. This is where the majority of her writing is done as it is the perfect quiet setting for a writer.

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