The Story of a Northern Michigan White-Tailed Deer
The true-to-life nature story of a northern Michigan white-tailed deer. Written in the 1960s, this story is based on the author’s personal observations, the tales told by neighboring farmers and sportsmen, and from fact. A heartwarming story that gives a balanced account of what life must really be like for a deer.
About the Author
Forest Halvorsen began teaching school in northern Michigan in 1949. He lives with his wife Anna in Cedar Lake, Michigan.
From Chapter One:
She was a beautiful doe, heavy with fawn, but her graceful, sinewy legs trembled on the verge of collapse in the belly-deep expanse of maddening whiteness. Snow – sparkling, cold, cruel, endless – clutched at her exhausted body. Mile after weary mile she had plunged on, confident at first in her supple strength, now desperate, barely able to lift her sagging body in short, stumbling steps.
She had paused for a brief time in the open field, but this was no time to rest. Within seconds, the cedar swamp she had just left disgorged two yapping, howling hound dogs. They bounded lightly over the glistening snow, the same snow that had so lately engulfed the slender legs of the doe.
Catching sight of each other, the hunted and hunters once more redoubled their efforts. With a series of desperate plunges, the doe struggled to the edge of the field and onto a hard-packed and well-traveled road. Suddenly, the shackles dropped from her legs. Her bounds lengthened as she pulled away from the straining dogs.