Anderson: Everywhere around us the hunt is unfolding

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 16, 2012 - 8:46 AM

There are tales just waiting to be told among family and friends.

hide

Near Cook, snow covered the ground in the woods, greeting deer hunters on the season opener.

Photo: Dennis Anderson, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

The buck emerged through the thick trees wearing his broad antlers not as a showpiece but as an afterthought. Lumbering my way, with his head down and headgear swaying, he followed his nose, driven by an urge to breed.

This was about 8:30 Monday morning, not far from the Twin Cities, and I was 12 feet up in a tree. You don't see a good buck like this every day, I thought, and I positioned myself for a shot, bow in my left hand.

The peak of the rut hereabouts generally occurs Nov. 9 through Nov. 12. Weather can alter those dates, and other variables weigh in. But year in and year out, pretty much that's it, those four days in November.

Elsewhere on Monday, other sporting types also were hunting the rut, or soon would be, including wildlife photographer Bill Marchel, who lives near Brainerd.

Bill would hunt the evening only. But already now as I watched my buck approach in the morning, he was considering wind direction and where he might best set up in late afternoon.

Also hunting Monday, my older son, Trevor, and his friend Jordan, in the still-dark of early morning, were crossing a cold Montana river and soon would hike into the mountains beyond, looking for elk and deer.

• • •

Among the world's oldest traditions, hunting in many ways remains as it always has been: a personal quest. But it's true also that hunters today are connected as never before: by phone, text and e-mail.

So while I was in a tree stand alone on Monday, in a grander sense I was part of a group of hunters, widely scattered.

Watching my buck, and preparing for a shot, I assessed distances and landmarks around me. As I did, I couldn't know how this would turn out. What would the future bring? It's a question we all ask. But we can't know, and even if we could, it's unlikely we'd be better for it.

Had I, for example, on Monday morning been able to envision accurately Bill climbing into his stand later that afternoon, about 3:30, and barely settling in before a big 9-point buck appeared, what could I have done about it?

And in fact a buck did appear near Bill's stand, about 35 yards distant, a chip shot for him.

Drawing back his bowstring, and soon releasing, he threw everything he had through his peep sight, onto his arrow rest and beyond, toward the deer.

Only to watch the buck "jump the string." Meaning it crouched instantaneously upon hearing the bowstring slap, allowing the arrow to sail over its back.

Bill wasn't alone in his frustration.

Trevor and Jordan about that same time were tracking a buck Trevor had shot earlier in the high country. Working its way into lower elevations, trailing the two young hunters, the buck would finally bed down.

But darkness wasn't far off, and about 5 inches of snow covered the slopes.

• • •

Just about everything is amazing in the woods, something hunters often find doubly true.

Picture Bill, for instance, in his tree stand, dejected by his missed opportunity.

Picture also, just then, a fawn appearing near Bill's stand, and behind it the same buck he had already missed.

Again Bill came to full draw, and again he let his arrow fly.

Monday evening, I would hear from Bill how his buck shortly thereafter slumped to the ground, and would hear also from Trevor, who jumped his buck on the banks of the same river he and Jordan had crossed that morning, and killed it there.

But those stories would be told later.

Monday morning, when my buck stepped into a clearing between two trees, and paused, I loosed an arrow that flew away invisibly fast.

Twenty-nine yards was the distance I had configured from my bow to the buck's heart.

In fact the separation was less than that by a few yards, and my arrow flew over the animal's back by an inch or two.

I could have kept that story to myself.

But Monday evening when Bill and then Trevor called to relay tales of their hunts, I laid it out there for what it was.

"You don't see good bucks like that every day," I said.

Dennis Anderson • danderson@startribune.com

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

Click here to send us your hunting or fishing photos – and to see what others are showing off from around the region.

ADVERTISEMENT

Detroit 6:00 PM
Washington
Atlanta 6:30 PM
Miami
Toronto 6:30 PM
New York
Memphis 7:00 PM
Minnesota
Brooklyn 7:30 PM
Dallas
Milwaukee 8:00 PM
Utah
San Antonio 8:00 PM
Phoenix
Buffalo 2:00 PM
Florida
Detroit 2:00 PM
Nashville
Carolina 4:00 PM
NY Islanders
New Jersey 4:00 PM
Columbus
Arizona 4:30 PM
Boston
Toronto 6:00 PM
Montreal
NY Rangers 7:00 PM
Philadelphia
Minnesota 9:00 PM
Colorado
St. Louis 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Ottawa 9:00 PM
San Jose
Kennesaw St 75 FINAL
Lipscomb 94
Navy 57 FINAL
Loyola-Maryland 47
Bucknell 32 2nd Half
American Univ 31
NC State 29 2nd Half 16:52
Boston College 49
East Carolina 40 2nd Half 13:50
UCF 43
Georgia Tech 18 2nd Half 19:42
Clemson 35
Lehigh 46 2nd Half 12:04
Colgate 50
Louisville 41 2nd Half 17:08
Florida State 30
Missouri 27 2nd Half 14:11
Georgia 51
Army 31 2nd Half
Lafayette 41
Michigan 30 2nd Half 14:26
Maryland 38
Georgetown 32 2nd Half
St Johns 43
Rhode Island 31 1st Half 2:23
La Salle 20
Western Carolina 0 1st Half 20:00
Citadel 0
Nebraska Omaha 2 1st Half 17:42
IUPUI 8
Maine 10 1st Half 12:56
New Hampshire 8
Samford 0 1st Half 20:00
Va Military 0
Presbyterian 9 1st Half 15:40
Winthrop 7
Utah State 1:00 PM
Air Force
Vermont 1:00 PM
Albany
UMBC 1:00 PM
Binghamton
Indiana State 1:00 PM
Bradley
Butler 1:00 PM
DePaul
Illinois State 1:00 PM
Evansville
Wright State 1:00 PM
Ill-Chicago
Fla Gulf Coast 1:00 PM
Jacksonville
Ole Miss 1:00 PM
LSU
North Carolina 1:00 PM
Miami-Florida
Wagner 1:00 PM
Mount St Marys
TCU 1:00 PM
Oklahoma
Delaware 1:00 PM
Towson
Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Tulane
Dayton 1:00 PM
VA Commonwealth
Northern Iowa 1:00 PM
Wichita State
Drexel 1:00 PM
William & Mary
Oakland 1:00 PM
Green Bay
Villanova 1:00 PM
Xavier
Campbell 1:00 PM
Longwood
Sarah Lawrence 1:30 PM
NJIT
Middle Tennessee 2:00 PM
UAB
UNC-Asheville 2:00 PM
Liberty
Southern Utah 2:00 PM
North Dakota
Utah Valley U 2:05 PM
Chicago State
ULM 2:30 PM
Appalachian St
Bowling Green 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Long Island 2:30 PM
Sacred Heart
West Virginia 3:00 PM
Baylor
Holy Cross 3:00 PM
Boston Univ
MD-Eastern Shore 3:00 PM
Delaware State
Wofford 3:00 PM
Furman
Montana State 3:00 PM
Idaho
Hofstra 3:00 PM
James Madison
Iowa State 3:00 PM
Kansas State
Arkansas 3:00 PM
Kentucky
Missouri State 3:00 PM
Loyola-Chicago
Fordham 3:00 PM
Massachusetts
Nicholls 3:00 PM
McNeese State
East Tenn St 3:00 PM
Mercer
Coppin State 3:00 PM
Morgan State
San Diego 3:00 PM
Portland
Gardner-Webb 3:00 PM
Radford
St Francis-PA 3:00 PM
Robert Morris
Duquesne 3:00 PM
St Bonaventure
Creighton 3:00 PM
Seton Hall
Oklahoma State 3:00 PM
Texas Tech
Alabama 3:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Virginia Tech 3:00 PM
Virginia
Bethune-Cookman 3:00 PM
NC Central
St Francis-NY 3:00 PM
Bryant
Drake 3:05 PM
Southern Ill
High Point 3:30 PM
Char Southern
Central Conn St 3:30 PM
Fair-Dickinson
Eastern Mich 3:30 PM
Western Mich
Texas 4:00 PM
Kansas
Chattanooga 4:00 PM
UNC Greensboro
SE Louisiana 4:00 PM
Central Arkansas
South Dakota St 4:00 PM
South Dakota
Montana 4:05 PM
Eastern Wash
Georgia State 4:15 PM
Troy
Old Dominion 4:30 PM
North Texas
Arkansas State 4:30 PM
Texas State
Texas Southern 5:00 PM
Alabama State
Tennessee St 5:00 PM
Belmont
Princeton 5:00 PM
Brown
Dartmouth 5:00 PM
Cornell
Tennessee 5:00 PM
Florida
Jacksonville St 5:00 PM
Morehead State
San Jose St 5:00 PM
Nevada
Florida A&M 5:00 PM
NC A&T
Iowa 5:00 PM
Penn State
Loyola Marymount 5:00 PM
Pepperdine
Miss State 5:00 PM
South Carolina
Savannah State 5:00 PM
SC State
Miss Valley St 5:30 PM
Jackson State
Alcorn State 5:30 PM
Southern U
Prairie View 6:00 PM
Alabama A&M
Harvard 6:00 PM
Columbia
George Washington 6:00 PM
Davidson
Syracuse 6:00 PM
Duke
Tenn Tech 6:00 PM
Eastern Ky
UNC-Wilmington 6:00 PM
Elon
Stony Brook 6:00 PM
Hartford
Hampton 6:00 PM
Howard
Northwestern 6:00 PM
Illinois
Western Ill 6:00 PM
IUPU-Ft Wayne
Buffalo 6:00 PM
Kent State
Incarnate Word 6:00 PM
Lamar
Cal State Fullerton 6:00 PM
Long Beach State
TX-San Antonio 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Fla Atlantic 6:00 PM
Marshall
Richmond 6:00 PM
Saint Josephs
George Mason 6:00 PM
Saint Louis
Austin Peay 6:00 PM
SE Missouri St
Murray State 6:00 PM
UT Martin
Ball State 6:00 PM
Toledo
Penn 6:00 PM
Yale
Milwaukee 6:00 PM
Youngstown St
Stetson 6:00 PM
North Florida
USC Upstate 6:00 PM
Northern Ky
Grand Canyon 6:05 PM
UMKC
Abilene Christian 6:15 PM
New Orleans
Northeastern 7:00 PM
Coll of Charleston
Tulsa 7:00 PM
Memphis
Wyoming 7:00 PM
UNLV
Central Mich 7:00 PM
Northern Ill
Denver 7:00 PM
Oral Roberts
Charlotte 7:00 PM
Rice
Boise State 7:00 PM
San Diego St
St Marys-CA 7:00 PM
Santa Clara
Texas-El Paso 7:00 PM
Southern Miss
Sam Houston St 7:00 PM
TX A&M-CC
New Mexico St 7:00 PM
TX-Pan American
FIU 7:00 PM
Western Ky
Stephen F Austin 7:00 PM
Houston Baptist
Ga Southern 7:15 PM
Louisiana
Ark-Little Rock 7:15 PM
Texas-Arlington
Grambling St 7:30 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Auburn 7:30 PM
Texas A&M
Arizona 8:00 PM
Utah
Northern Ariz 8:00 PM
Northern Colorado
UC Davis 9:00 PM
Cal Poly
New Mexico 9:00 PM
Fresno State
BYU 9:00 PM
Gonzaga
Pacific 9:00 PM
San Francisco
Idaho State 9:00 PM
Weber State
Sacramento St 9:05 PM
Portland State
UC Riverside 9:30 PM
CS-Northridge
Washington 9:30 PM
USC
CS-Bakersfield 9:30 PM
Seattle
UC Irvine 10:59 PM
UC Santa Barbara
Michigan 29 2nd Half 14:30
Illinois 45
Lipscomb 40 2nd Half 12:43
Kennesaw St 55
North Florida 7 1st Half 15:04
Stetson 10
Samford 11 1st Half 15:45
Mercer 2
Liberty 6 1st Half 15:22
Campbell 9
North Texas 0 1st Half 20:00
Old Dominion 0
St Francis-NY 0 1st Half 20:00
Bryant 0
St Francis-PA 0 1st Half 20:00
Robert Morris 0
Long Island 2 1st Half 18:33
Sacred Heart 3
Sam Houston St 2 1st Half 15:01
TX A&M-CC 9
Kent State 10 1st Half 14:57
Miami-Ohio 4
ULM 9 1st Half 15:14
Appalachian St 7
Boston U 4 1st Half 17:21
Holy Cross 3
Nicholls 12:15 PM
McNeese State
Akron 1:00 PM
Buffalo
Ball State 1:00 PM
Western Mich
MD-Eastern Shore 1:00 PM
Delaware State
Northern Ill 1:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Bowling Green 1:00 PM
Ohio U
Central Michigan 1:00 PM
Toledo
Coppin State 1:00 PM
Morgan State
Bethune-Cookman 1:00 PM
NC Central
Central Conn St 1:00 PM
Fairleigh Dickinson
Memphis 1:00 PM
(1) Connecticut
Georgia Tech 1:00 PM
Wake Forest
East Carolina 1:00 PM
Temple
Marist 1:00 PM
Rider
Michigan State 1:00 PM
Purdue
Fairfield 1:00 PM
Manhattan
Niagara 1:00 PM
Iona
East Tenn St 1:00 PM
(18) Chattanooga
Furman 1:00 PM
Wofford
Longwood 1:00 PM
Charleston Southern
UNC-Asheville 1:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Northern Ky 1:00 PM
USC Upstate
Winthrop 1:00 PM
Presbyterian
Western Ill 1:30 PM
South Dakota
Detroit 1:35 PM
Valparaiso
Cleveland State 2:00 PM
Milwaukee
Lafayette 2:00 PM
Army
Arkansas State 2:00 PM
Texas State
Georgia State 2:00 PM
Troy
Portland State 2:00 PM
Sacramento St
IUPUI 2:00 PM
South Dakota St
Tennessee St 2:00 PM
Belmont
Eastern Illinois 2:00 PM
SIU-Edwardsville
Jacksonville St 2:00 PM
Morehead St
Kansas State 2:00 PM
TCU
Cincinnati 2:00 PM
SMU
SE Louisiana 2:00 PM
Central Arkansas
Denver 2:00 PM
Nebraska Omaha
Tulane 2:00 PM
Tulsa
IUPU-Ft Wayne 2:00 PM
Oral Roberts
Air Force 3:00 PM
Utah State
San Diego State 3:00 PM
Boise State
Fresno State 3:00 PM
New Mexico
Florida A&M 3:00 PM
NC A&T
Gonzaga 3:00 PM
BYU
South Florida 3:00 PM
UCF
UCLA 3:00 PM
Washington
(3) Baylor 3:00 PM
Iowa State
Miss Valley St 3:00 PM
Jackson State
Tenn Tech 3:00 PM
Eastern Kentucky
UMKC 3:00 PM
Grand Canyon
Seattle 3:00 PM
CS-Bakersfield
Texas Southern 3:00 PM
Alabama State
Santa Clara 3:00 PM
St Marys-CA
UNLV 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Savannah State 3:00 PM
SC State
Alcorn State 3:00 PM
Southern U
Bucknell 3:00 PM
American Univ
Oakland 3:00 PM
Illinois-Chicago
Eastern Washington 3:00 PM
Montana
Idaho 3:00 PM
Montana State
Weber State 3:00 PM
Idaho State
Radford 3:00 PM
High Point
Green Bay 3:30 PM
Youngstown St
Austin Peay 3:30 PM
SE Missouri St
Wagner 3:30 PM
Mount St Marys
Portland 4:00 PM
San Diego
Nevada 4:00 PM
San Jose St
Stephen F Austin 4:00 PM
Houston Baptist
Incarnate Word 4:00 PM
Lamar
Abilene Christian 4:00 PM
New Orleans
Pepperdine 4:00 PM
Loyola Marymount
San Francisco 4:00 PM
Pacific
Prairie View 4:00 PM
Alabama A&M
Hampton 4:00 PM
Howard
Chicago State 4:00 PM
Utah Valley U
Murray State 4:00 PM
UT Martin
Cal Poly 4:00 PM
Cal-Irvine
UC Santa Barbara 4:00 PM
UC Davis
Marshall 4:00 PM
Florida Atlantic
UAB 5:00 PM
Middle Tennessee
Western Ky 5:00 PM
FIU
Georgia Southern 5:00 PM
Louisiana
Grambling 5:00 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Ark-Little Rock 5:00 PM
TX-Arlington
Cornell 5:00 PM
Dartmouth
Columbia 5:00 PM
Harvard
Brown 5:00 PM
(14) Princeton
USC 5:00 PM
Washington St
(24) California 5:00 PM
(7) Oregon State
Yale 6:00 PM
Penn
Loyola-Maryland 6:00 PM
Navy
Jacksonville 6:00 PM
(21) Fla Gulf Coast
Long Beach St 6:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
Rice 6:00 PM
Charlotte
Colgate 6:30 PM
Lehigh
CS-Northridge 7:00 PM
UC-Riverside
Kansas 7:00 PM
Oklahoma
Oklahoma St 7:00 PM
Texas Tech
TX-Pan American 8:00 PM
New Mexico St
North Dakota 8:00 PM
Southern Utah
Northern Colorado 9:00 PM
Northern Ariz
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Should the lake where the albino muskie was caught remain a mystery?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close