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Hunting Season: A father and son go out on their first hunting trip together.
Posted by Douglas, Feb 25, 2009. 1846 views. ID = 2387

Hunting Season

Posted by Douglas, Feb 25, 2009. 1846 views. ID = 2387
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Some of my friends have no respect whatsoever for hunting season. They go out on the hunt any time of year, with total disregard for the Game Wardens or their rules and regulations. Me, though, I'm a strictly-by-the-book sort of guy, and I won't go hunting except when it's legal to do so. And I expect you to do the same, son.

The first step is to find the game trail. These can be found anywhere, meandering through the woods. Our prey is lacking in imagination, and they rarely change their path through the forest, so once you find the trail, you're pretty much set for life. You can keep coming back to the same spot year after year, and never run out of game to hunt.

The second step is to get close to the trail, without actually getting on the trail. You want to see the game long before he sees you. If he sees you, he'll get spooked - which is actually kind of entertaining, but when he sees you, you want him to be so close that he can't escape.

The third step is to pick your prey. Big, but not too big. These are ferocious creatures, and the biggest among them are downright vicious. For your first time out, pick one of the smaller ones. No one will think less of you for that; that's what we all did on our first hunt.

Once you've picked your target, wait as long as you can before stepping out into the open. Wait for it, wait for it...

Then, when he sees you, stand your ground. You'll see his eyes widen with fear, and he'll let out a blood-curdling howl. None of us are really sure what that howl means; it might be a scream of terror, but it might be an attempt to scare us. Don't be afraid. Stand firm.

That's it, son. Yes! Just like that! Oh, beautiful, and well done! My son, you're a natural born killer, just like your old man! Oh, it's a proud day for me; I can't wait to tell the others! Time to update your scorecard, Bruce!

Moose: 1
Car: 0

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This post is part of a writing prompt: You're an Animal


Sue Do Nim
Feb 25, 2009
Does the first paragraph work? Other than to throw the reader off? If I understood, the moose walks onto the road in an effort to get the car to veer and hopefully kill the humans. What is the Moose game warden or the season on humans? Does the father moose only hunt the hunters? Does Bruce have significance as a name?
   ~Posted by Sue Do Nim, Feb 25, 2009

Feb 25, 2009
Because it was part of a "from the perspective of an animal" writing prompt, the first paragraph was kind of necessary to keep people from figuring out what was going on before the end. But yes, we have to assume that the moose have their own game warden in order for that to make sense.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Feb 25, 2009

Feb 25, 2009
This reminds me of the Geico (or some other auto insurance) commercial where the squirrels would run into the road to try to get the cars to crash. I think it's so funny.
   ~Posted by EmmeElle, Feb 25, 2009

Feb 25, 2009
You had me guessing in the second paragraph but I finally figured it out by the third paragraph, though I was thinking of a deer.
   ~Posted by wordsmith, Feb 25, 2009

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