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When in the woods, patience in priceless

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The doe froze, legs slightly splayed after coming to an abrupt halt not 15 yards to my right.

Dry oak leaves scuttled past, carried by a light west wind.

She stared at me. I stared back. Neither of us daring to make the first move.

"Just take a step," I thought, scrunching my brow and using my best Jedi mind trick. "Ignore the man in the blaze orange jacket. There is no hunter here."

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