Early one morning during rifle season, I was headed out to my deer blind down a very overgrown old highway in the U.P.

As I was tooling along, a large doe bounded from the thick trees. I swerved just in time to avoid her.

Suddenly, a little farther down the road, a small buck came crashing through the trees and smashed into my ribcage.

I drove on with my heart in my throat, thinking about what could have happened. I felt pretty good about my reaction time, considering the hour of the day.

I was knocked clear of my ATV. The buck lay back in the road.

The deer climbed to his feet and followed the doe. It was the only buck I saw all season.

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