Near Death

It was a cold crisp fall afternoon, it was also late bow hunting season and I was up at our hunting shack with my father and two of his closest friends. We had just made the final preparations to hike to are respective stands, after wishing each other good luck we were off. Little did I realize that this day would prove to bring me closer to death than any other day of my life. Being that my stand is the closest to camp it was only a short walk for me, while the other hunters would travel several miles to reach their destinations. Time passed quickly just sitting there the only noise I could hear was the cawing of a crow or the occasional creaking of a tree. Finally it came time for me to return home. Upon returning home I was greeted by John one of my dads friends who informed me that he had arrowed a very nice ten point buck. The rest of our hunting party arrived shortly after and the decision was made to track and hopefully retrieve Johns deer. We gathered the necessary gear for the job: rope, knives, flashlights, and a lantern. We left the camp in two groups, the first group consisted of my dad, John, and my dads other friend Bill, this group would travel in our jeep. I was the sole member of the second and I would be traveling on our dirt bike. Upon reaching the site my dad gave each of us a task, John would mark each drop of blood that was found to prevent us from ruining the trail, Bills job was to track our location on our GPS, my dads job was to follow the deers tracks and look for blood; because I have read so many articles on tracking deer and have a knack for feeling which way a deer would go (and add to that the fact I am the only one in camp that is athletic) I would go on ahead of the group and try to run the deer down if the trail went bad. I could feel the air getting colder and the sky darker. The drops of blood began getting smaller and smaller until they were barley visible against the da…

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