With a Crack, a Veteran Bowhunter’s Nightmare Comes True

With a Crack, a Veteran Bowhunter’s Nightmare Comes True

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Patrick Meitin has hunted throughout the United States and Canada for years with his bow. He’s climbed stands, worn harnesses, been safe, had a few slips but never any falls. And then he got careless.

I’m falling head first into hard-frozen ground littered with head-sized rocks, stumps and dead branches. I regain my senses just soon enough to tuck hard, pivoting my right shoulder into the ground, pulling my head into my chest.

And then it is black.

The whitetail rut is out of the gates in northern Idaho, but I’ve ignored some trail cameras situated on lower, traditionally productive private ground. We have suffered an exceptionally hot and dry summer, conditions…



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