About 20 minutes later, Jack heard Luther’s ATV coming down the trail. The ATV soon came into view and Jack got the crossbow into position for a shot. Luther braked the ATV to a stop directly in front of the gate. Luther’s back was to Jack so he could not see any movement Jack might make. As the ATV came to a final stop Jack centered the sights of the crossbow scope right in the middle of Luther’s back but he did not squeeze the trigger. This was just a practice run to see if everything was going to work out. Besides, Jack was not going to shoot anybody in the back!
Jack simply watched the neighbor make his way through the gate and ride the ATV up to a small ridge overlooking the field at a point about 150 yards from Jack’s stand. The neighbor was certainly illegally trespassing and Jack knew it would not be long before the neighbor poached a deer. Odd as it may seem, Jack actually hoped Luther would shoot a deer on this occasion.
Jack settled back to take a short nap knowing that if Luther shot a deer and cranked the ATV to haul out the deer he would hear it and awaken. About an hour later, Jack woke up without knowing just why. As soon as he checked the field however he saw three does slowly grazing toward Luther’s stand. Luther was in a box stand Jack built at the crest of the ridge. From Luther’s position the deer were not yet visible to Luther but would coming over the ridge in a few more steps.
It was almost 4:30 pm when Luther picked out the doe he wanted and fired a shot. Luther’s shot was well aimed. The biggest doe bolted when hit but plowed into the dirt after running less than 40 yards. Jack watched as Luther climbed down from his stand and boldly walked out to the doe he had just poached off Jack’s land. Satisfied the deer was dead, Luther retrieved his arrow, loaded the deer onto his ATV, and headed toward the gate.
Jack got his crossbow ready. This would be the real thing. Jack planned his shot for the moment when Luther stopped the ATV just before dismounting to open the gate. That would give Jack a clear shot directly to Luther’s heart while he was still seated with arms spread holding the handlebars. As Luther’s ATV approached, Jack steadied the crossbow and peered through the scope waiting for the ATV to roll to a stop.
Jack selected the crossbow as the murder weapon because of its deadly accuracy and its almost silent operation. No one would ever hear the shot. He knew a crossbow might just be the perfect murder weapon since a bow does not leave identifiable traces of powder residue on the shooter’s hand as a gun might. Plus, from that range, the arrow would completely pass through Luther’s body, leaving only a the entrance and exit wounds but no traceable bullet left inside the body. Investigators might be able to identify the razor bladed cuts of a broadhead as being the murder tool but Jack knew there was no way to forensically identify which arrow killed someone. Nor would it be possible to identify which bow may have fired the arrow, much less who the shooter might be. Of course, before any investigation of the cause of death could be made, the body would have to be found and Jack has a plan to insure that did not happen.
When the ATV rolled to a stop, Jack centered the crosshairs of the scope on Luther’ heart and calmly pulled the crossbow trigger. The arrow whizzed across the 25 yard distance and entered cleanly at the bottom of the heart area. Luther made a loud cry of pain and looked up to see Jack’s grinning face. In the few seconds he had left to live, Luther realized his days of poaching deer and disrespect for Jack’s land were over. Luther then slumped over and fell off the ATV. Jack smiled at thought of finally getting his sweet revenge. Luther was out of his life forever. All that was left to deal with now were the dogs. Jack had a plan for dealing with them too!