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The one that didn't get away

The deer didn't bound out of the drive like the first rack buck Cathy Moses saw earlier in the 2008 season. That one got by her unscathed after three rapid shots from Cathy's .44 Rugar.

Instead, this one snuck up from behind, testing the wind like a wily veteran.

Moses - who serves as Schroon Lake supervisor and chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors when she isn't chasing Adirondack whitetails - knew this was her chance at redemption.

"I kept thinking, I've got to get this one," Moses recalled about the chilly November morning. "I had missed that beautiful buck my first time out so all I could think is I can't miss a second time or they are going to chop off my coattail."

Cathy aimed carefully at the front shoulder of the six-pointer - as her son, Todd, had instructed - and the .44 barked, finding its mark in the buck's boilermaker, and dropping it in its tracks.

Not long thereafter, Todd crested the hill in front of her, pumped his hand in the air in triumph and ran to embrace his mother.

"He charged down the hill and threw his arms around me," Cathy said. "It was an amazing moment with my son I will always remember."

Even more amazing is the fact Cathy hadn't picked up her rifle in more than 25 years - hadn't even sighted it in.

But, having been brought up in a hunting family, the sporting tradition wasn't alien to her. In fact, she began hunting deer in her teens, but hung up her Rugar shortly after.

At the urging of her son, grandson and brothers, she decided to take it back up.

"I think I hunted every weekend but one," she said. "The season started fairly slow, but we ended well. Todd got a 10-pointer the day after I got mine."

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