posted on October 24, 2011 07:00
Gene Daniels might be on the road to becoming as superstitious as Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, who ate chicken before every game.
Like Boggs, the Harriman, Tenn., deer hunter believes in lucky charms. And he seems to have found his on the road, or at least standing beside it.
Gene was 16 years old when his Papaw Kelly took him deer hunting for the first time. While driving through Oak Ridge, Tenn., the night before that maiden trip, Gene saw a monstrous buck standing beside the road.
He was still excited when he got to his papaw’s house, and he told him about the whitetail.
“Sounds like you seen a deer of a lifetime,” the old man smiled.
Gene didn’t sleep a lick that night.
The following morning, about half an hour after his papaw left him holding his dad’s .30-30, Gene shot an 8-pointer.
Despite his seamless introduction to deer hunting, another 10 years passed before Gene was able to shoot another good buck.
Once again, he’d driven through Oak Ridge and seen a huge buck standing on the road’s shoulder. He couldn’t hunt until the following day and didn’t have access to the land where he saw the deer, but he shot a nice 9-pointer the next morning.
It took several more seasons for him to shoot another one, and it, too, came on the day following a nighttime spotting of a buck rooted beside the pavement.
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