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More Than Enough

By Ryan Connolly

It was well before sunrise and I was high in the canopy getting  seasick from too much breeze and too little tree.For once, I left the mounds of gear in the car.

The tree, bow and  arrows, water and a Hershey bar would be more than enough.

The sun rose in grand fashion.  The woods came alive.

The grey-squirrels made the fall leaves a slip-n-slide and were everywhere.

The birds were up and singing.

It was woodland finery on all sides.

The wind calmed and my tree  stood still. I looked down the lane and she was there.  A ghost.  She was 100 yards  up wind.  I thought she’d be gone, the way she came.  But she stayed.   It wasn’t long until she was broadside at 25 yards where she waited.

She waited for a lifetime.   She waited for the shakes and they came. For me to bump an arrow from the rest and I did.  To re-knock.  To  study her.  To wonder if I was ready.  If I could.  She scratched a  hoof at a pesky tick.  Shook her head.  Flickered those big ears. She  was magnificent.

I thought about my life and others that needed her for energy, inspiration and strength.  She was patient and waited.

I drew back.  With the hand of something better guiding me I released.  She lied down.  Confused but easy.  The shot was good.  I  gave her the mercy of another arrow.  It was true and she died.

I climbed down and knelt and touched her.  She was a ghost again.  I  thanked her and the sun and the tree and all the rest.  I opened her  with my knife and left her insides for other lives.  I carried her out  and took her to Hunters Helping the Hungry.  In that way she was honored.  The circle of life ever closing.

I got back into the car and drove the 65 miles home to a city where the mysteries are few and the ghosts are all gone.  I’ve been thinking  about her most of the time since and that’s more than enough.


Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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