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    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      I have just learned from David that C is on a med flight to Denver for emergency cancer surgery. He is driving there tomorrow.

      Keep them in your thoughts.

      Semper Fi

      Mike

    • RalphRalph
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      Blessings and prayers for both from us.

      Ralph & Shirley

    • sinawalli
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      Good thoughts from here too! Stay strong!

    • paleoman
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      I’m so sorry to hear this. I wish them the best of modern medicine and a prayer.

    • Dave Nash
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      Thoughts and prayers. Stay strong, you have a world of support out here.

      Dave

    • Steve Capps
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      Prayer lifted. Hang in there.

      God bless,

      Steve

    • Troy Breeding
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      Best wishes for her.

    • StixStix
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      Prayer said. God Bless ~<

    • Charles EkCharles Ek
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      My thoughts are with them both tonight – hoping for a quick recovery!

    • David Fudala
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      Dave,

      As you have always been here with guidance, wisdom and humor, know now that we are all here for you and Caroline! Wishing you the best and praying for you both!

      Dave F.

    • wahoo
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      best wishes god bless

    • FallguyFallguy
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      Best wishes for both of you.

    • David Bartlett
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      I don’t consider myself a spiritual person, but at times like this, I ask for help, and guidance.

      You are in my thoughts and prayers tonight.

    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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      Oh no! Sending my prayers for a good outcome and safe travel for Dave.

    • skinner biscuitskinner biscuit
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      Wishing the best for both of you .God bless. Brian and Kim.

    • Murray
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      Prayers sent.

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      You and Caroline are in my thoughts here Dave.

    • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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      Best Wishes For Caroline & Dave –

      Modern Medicine can do wonders !

      Buena Suerte

      Cyberscout

    • tailfeather
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      Dave,

      Our thoughts and prayers for Caroline and you. Hang in there.

    • Jason Wesbrock
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      Godspeed.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Stay strong, you two. And know that you have a big trad family pulling for you.

    • Cameron UnruhCameron Unruh
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      I believe in prayer! And I will prayer for God’s healing and wisdom for the Doctors. As well as an overwelming peace in the midst of a trying time.

      Blessings,

      Cameron

    • skifrk
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      Dave so sorry to hear this is happening to your lovely bride. I hope you both are okay and thing turn out well. If you need any help with anything while in Denver get in touch and I will do my best.

    • T Downing
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      My hearts breaks for them right now. Lifting them up in prayer…

    • Reddwarf
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      My thoughts and very best wishes are with you both.

      Safe journey and stay strong.

      RD

    • Vintage Archer
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      Dave and Caroline my thoughts and prayers are with you.

      I hope as others learn of Caroline’s progress they will keep us informed.

    • Mark Turton
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      Dave, take strength from all of the above and wish Caroline a speedy recovery from me and mine.

      Mark.

    • Troy Warner
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      Praying for Caroline and you Dave. Stay strong.

      Troy

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      All the power of love and good health to Caroline and David, who will also need strength to nurture her. peace, david

    • mittenmmittenm
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      May you both stay strong in spirit.

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Heartbroken! I love you and C, Dave!

    • Ed Ashby
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      Both Dave and Caroline will be in my prayers.

    • horserod
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      Dave, May our gracious God take care of you both and listen to our prayers for your wife’s healing.

    • coldpak
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      The two of you will be in our prayers. Stay strong.

      The Druia family

    • David Petersen
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      Dear tradbow friends. We would have preferred to have kept this family tragedy close to the bone, but since loving friends have shared the news here, I am truly staggered by the outpouring of support from so many, few of whom have even met Caroline, unless they have read “On the Wild Edge.” As you can imagine, I’m not my usual chatty self. But I can’t let all of your well wishes go unanswered. I am doubly touched since I am a curmudgeon who never goes out of my way to make friends and am so often critical. We are a family here, some of us, and I love you all for the support. This is rock bottom and no break in the clouds. Until it’s over, a few months at most and likely much sooner, I will be scarce. Please no phone calls, flowers or any such. You have already done what you can by expressing concern. And please keep Larry F. in your thoughts as well. Many of you already know the pain of losing the one person in the world you love and need most, and the rest will someday have to face the same. We are not exempt. It just happens to be our turn, so much sooner than seems fair.

      Abrazos, Dave

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    • mikelee
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      I’m so very sorry to hear this news,Dave . My thoughts are with you two also

    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      Last week when I became aware of this situation I composed the following thoughts:

      What is the best way to meet the loss of one we love? By knowing when we

      > truly love it is never lost. It is only after death that the depth of

      > the bond is truly felt, and our loved one becomes more a part of us then

      > was possible in life.

      > Are we only able to feel this toward those we have known for a long time

      > – and loved a long time? Sometimes strangers

      > known to us for moments can spark our souls for kinship to

      > eternity. How can strangers take on such importance to our souls?

      > Because our soul does not keep time. It merely records growth.

      These may not be original but they come from my journal of past speeches and my heart. If I stumbled on someone’s copy right Gomen. And Linda sent these to Robin a few days ago so mom has blessed.

      From the trad family to Dave and Caroline, Belinda and Larry my best wishes.

      Semper Fi

      Mike

    • Clay Hayes
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      we’re pullin for you two here in Idaho Dave. hang in there.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Our hearts go out to you both, Dave. Know that we are sending our love, and treasure every moment.

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      My thoughts and prayers are with you Dave and Caroline, hope that all goes well.

    • Larry O. Fischer
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      Dave, Belinda and I are thinking of you and Caroline. Godspeed my friend!

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Larry O. Fischer wrote: Dave, Belinda and I are thinking of you and Caroline. Godspeed my friend!

      We are thinking of you, Larry!!

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Here’s my favorite picture of the 3 of us!

    • Etter1
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      You will both be in my thoughts. Through your writing we have all been offered a window into your home life and your wife sounds like an absolutely wonderful woman. My best to you both.

      Sean

    • Anonymous
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      I hadn’t known why you’d been on my mind so much in the past week. Now I do.

      My heart aches for you and for Caroline. Godspeed to you both.

      David Petersen wrote: Dear tradbow friends. We would have preferred to have kept this family tragedy close to the bone, but since loving friends have shared the news here, I am truly staggered by the outpouring of support from so many, few of whom have even met Caroline, unless they have read “On the Wild Edge.” As you can imagine, I’m not my usual chatty self. But I can’t let all of your well wishes go unanswered. I am doubly touched since I am a curmudgeon who never goes out of my way to make friends and am so often critical. We are a family here, some of us, and I love you all for the support. This is rock bottom and no break in the clouds. Until it’s over, a few months at most and likely much sooner, I will be scarce. Please no phone calls, flowers or any such. You have already done what you can by expressing concern. And please keep Larry F. in your thoughts as well. Many of you already know the pain of losing the one person in the world you love and need most, and the rest will someday have to face the same. We are not exempt. It just happens to be our turn, so much sooner than seems fair.

      Abrazos, Dave

    • smiley1
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      Prayers sent. Stay strong.

    • SteveMcD
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      I am very sorry to read about this. My apologies for being away, and not seeing this sooner! My prayers go out to Caroline and David, in this time of need. May God give you both His Good Graces and Strength.

    • garydavis
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      The folks you know on Guemes Island have you in our thoughts.

      Semper Fi.

    • smiley1
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      When I saw this post it brought a tear to my eye. Three and a half years ago at the age of 47 ( the day before the opening day of archery season here in PA) my wife was killed in a tragic accident on her way to work. She meant the world to me. I felt my life was shattered. I sent an e-mail to Dave months later and he most graciously responded with a heartfelt inspirational message that I will never forget. For that I am so grateful. (Dave didn’t even know who I was) but took the time to respond. I am a big fan of his books, articles and philosophy on life. He mentioned that one day (because of Caroline’s health issues) he was bound to face the same reality I was up against. I pray that he will have the same strength he inspired in me to continue living life to the fullest. Dave is a great person I admire very much and wish the best of luck to him.

      Steve

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      smiley1 wrote: When I saw this post it brought a tear to my eye. Three and a half years ago at the age of 47 ( the day before the opening day of archery season here in PA) my wife was killed in a tragic accident on her way to work. She meant the world to me. I felt my life was shattered. I sent an e-mail to Dave months later and he most graciously responded with a heartfelt inspirational message that I will never forget. For that I am so grateful. (Dave didn’t even know who I was) but took the time to respond. I am a big fan of his books, articles and philosophy on life. He mentioned that one day (because of Caroline’s health issues) he was bound to face the same reality I was up against. I pray that he will have the same strength he inspired in me to continue living life to the fullest. Dave is a great person I admire very much and wish the best of luck to him.

      Steve

      What a beautiful post, Steve! Thank you for sharing with us.

    • T Downing
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      Thank you Steve for sharing.

      Dave doesn’t really know the impact he has had on so many of us. And its not only his writings, its his walking along side of us in life, acting as a voice for a proud generation of people who simply love everything wild and free. And since he has become one of my finest friends, there is no Dave without Caroline. With tears in my eyes I write this. I love the man, I love Caroline. My heart breaks right now…:cry:

      Dave took this pic of C last year on her birthday. The epitome of mountain strong.

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    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      T & Steve,

      Thanks for your posts. They are so deeply heartfelt. I will always remember the first time I read about Dave and felt that here is someone who can put into words how I feel about the woods. With more reading I come to understand that it’s not just Dave, but his family as well, his wife, that supports his truth and his vision to make it heard. I am grateful to them both. Some part of all of us is heart broken now. I wish peace to Dave and Caroline and to all of you who share a part of that pain.

      Alex, I also want to add that I can tell from the readings that Dave and Caroline hold a special place in their hearts for you. You have been a great friend to them.

      peace, david

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Thank you David Coulter

      I woke up this morning with a very heavy heart filled with wonderful memories of Caroline. Needing an outlet for these feelings, I decided to head for the mountains to run until exhaustion, hoping to be too tired to think. I stopped to take in the beautiful landscape after last night’s snow. A few minutes passed and suddenly I caught movement to my left about 30 yards away. A strutting tail!

      I was able to stalk this tom to under 20 before he hightailed out out of there, which gave me an instant smile!

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Hey Alex,

      Great shots and, wow, what a great run. For me, as well, it’s good to exercise the body with a walk in the woods when the soul needs a stretch. I’d have to say a walk or brisk hike is my limit. I never was much of a runner. My “style” as it were is way to harsh on my frame.

      Good luck this turkey season. I’ll try to get out a little bit this year as time permits. It’s a great time in the woods.

      I look forward to seeing more photos of you even closer to the bird. best, david

    • tailfeather
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      Alex, I try to take things like that, at times like that, as a sign. Nice photos.

    • RalphRalph
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      I found this in the “Science of the Mind Daily Reader” and I feel I need to share.

      “I am Your Beloved”

      I may not see the first or catch the second of your tears. I cannot stop them; they belong to you, as do your smile, your laughter, and your song of life. I will walk next to you if that is your desire. I will stand by you and hold your heart with mine. I will love you the way good friends do. I will listen when your soul whispers. I will beat the drum to the heartbeat of your song. I will feed your dreams and blanket them with the petals of a rose. I will be there when you harvest the good that you have planted. You can lean on me for courage to remove the stones of doubt and worry. I will stand by you when you are strong and during your darkest hour. I will help you find the words you need to speak with love and power. Don’t give yourself to tears or worry, to pain or suffering.

      You are here by design to live your life and dreams. You are the colors that create the rainbow. Your heart has wings strong enough to lift you above any storm. You were created to serve love in all it’s forms. It is love that holds the unseen particles of your being together for your wondrous life experience. It is love that shows the way and will never leave you. I have many names. I am your beloved.

      Author unknown.

    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      I just received the following from Dave:

      “She is gone, and our road trip begins within the hour. Please let the trad bow guys know how I appreciate their support.”

      For those who don’t know, Dave is taking Caroline back home –their last road trip together.

      Mike

    • Anonymous
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      Damn. Just…damn.

      My heart is heavy and broken with you, Dave.

    • Cameron UnruhCameron Unruh
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      Words cannot express how deeply we all care for you Dave and burden for you as you walk this difficult part of life. I just pray that the love shared will bring some level of peace!

      May God care for you each moment.

      Cameron

    • sinawalli
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      Thanks for the update Mike! My deepest sympathy Dave. I sincerely hope you find some peace and the ability to move forward. Be strong.

      Bill

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Deepest sympathy from my whole family, Dave. I wish you peace and continued love that you have always known from Caroline. david

    • paleoman
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      I know there is nothing I can say. We all walk this road together. That’s all I know. Take comfort among us.

      Scott F.

    • Ed Ashby
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      Dave, there truly are no words that can describe how I feel for your loss. Perhaps the best are simply, “My heart is heavy”. Know that we are all here for you Dave – any time.

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      May Caroline live forever in the hearts of those she knew and loved and who knew and loved her.

      As impotent and meaningless as it feels, we are all here for you Dave.

    • FallguyFallguy
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      Dave we are with you in spirt on this last journey you are not alone.

    • Mark Turton
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      colmike wrote:

      “She is gone, and our road trip begins within the hour. Please let the trad bow guys know how I appreciate their support.”

      May the gods watch over you on your journey.

      Mark.

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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    • Bunyan Morris
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      I am so sorry to read this. My heart goes out to you and all who love you and your beautiful wife. Peace.

    • tailfeather
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      All my best to you Dave. I know there’s no words, but know we’re thinking of you.

    • David Petersen
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      I am traumatized, gutted, in the deepest pain of my life. This evening, as Carolyn would herself put it with a giggle, she went “up in smoke.” I can’t and won’t attempt to burden you with my utterly hopeless pain beyond what I’ve already shamelessly inflicted, but just have to say with the deepest gratitude that I have checked in here many times through this horrific ordeal and your support–most of you I’ve never even met and some of you who have no reason whatsoever to give a damn about me much less my wife–you have quite literally saved my life. I add my endless gratitude to Webmom Robin for letting this totally “inappropriate” thread run its course. Gradually, I will be back to stir the pot here as always. I’ve not even tried to sort out what it says of my life that a bunch of “strangers” on a hunting website have come to mean so much to me, to be such a central part of my life, a happy addiction, but that is how it is. And Carolyn knew it too and supported it without reserve, even as she knows how you are helping us now. We, C and me, are not an inch different than everyone else. As I keep telling myself, “it’s just our turn.” But damn, it still hurts, brothers and sisters!

      I haven’t heard a gobble yet, but on the long fast 2-hour hike I took this evening with the dogs while C was making her final physical transition, I found a jake turd and a couple of tracks on a high dry ridge, while there was zip for sign where you’d expect it; that’s among the wonders of nature: total unpredictability … and I found an arrowhead! Nature heals. Not instantly, but eventually, and as wholly as possible. And it asks nothing in return but love and respect. Now get out there and get ’em gobbling, amigos! Forgive me, but I love you all. Dave and Caroline

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    • T Downing
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      😥

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      David Petersen wrote:

      … and I found an arrowhead! Nature heals.

      I find that to be more than coincidence, my friend.

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      That photograph tells it all. No shame in sharing pain among friends and in this family here. That arrow head is a beautiful gift. We had a blazing sunset here last night in the East, as fine as we get in these parts. Facing west, we thought of you here. Peace to you. Thank you for being a friend. david

    • Troy Warner
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      David,

      We are all here for you,at your time of need, you have my deepest sympathy for your pain and loss.

      I have said a prayer for Caroline’s passage and one for strength of heart for you.

      Troy

    • skinner biscuitskinner biscuit
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      David ,my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful wife.These post truly show the love and respect we all have for you.You are a inspiration to us all and I am saddened. Brian.

    • wTk
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      Prayers for God’s comfort and strength. Every good and perfect gift is from the Father of Truth. Caroline was a precious gift.

    • garydavis
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      Stay strong and on the trail,friend.

      Gary

    • Larry O. Fischer
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      Dave, I am a loss for words. I feel your pain deeper then you can imagine. Stay strong my friend!

    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      ” I’ve not even tried to sort out what it says of my life that a bunch of “strangers” on a hunting website have come to mean so much to me, to be such a central part of my life, a happy addiction, but that is how it is. And Carolyn knew it too and supported it without reserve, even as she knows how you are helping us now.”

      David

      Not strangers–but members of your tribe.

      Semper Fi Brother

    • Murray
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      Dave, you haven’t inflicted anything on us. We came to offer our shoulders, to ease the burden from you. Only time can blunt the pain.

      May God Bless You.

      Murray

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      colmike wrote: David

      Not strangers–but members of your tribe.

      Semper Fi Brother

      Ditto.

      We are members of a tribe of shared ideas and passions, with the great physical and geographic barriers of the world impeding our sharing not a jot. To people who value hard thinking and good ideas that ought to be worth something.

      And if this little tribe had a medicine man, I think we’d all know who he’d be… As important as we have all mysteriously become to you, so you have become to us. If our support has offered you any comfort at all I think we would all consider that an honour, not a burden.

      Your friend from a far away land,

      Jim

    • FallguyFallguy
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      Dave you and I have never shook hands but I consider you a friend. We have had the opportunity through this medium to exchange thoughts and ideas. Your cajoling and challenging ideas both here and in the magazine have required us to take a hard, deep look as to how we interact with nature and our fellow predators. For that I am grateful. So in your time of of loss I offer these few simple inadequate words of gratitude and comfort for your loss. Keep the broad head you recently found close to your heart. I believe it to be a powerful talisman that was placed in your path, who’s purpose is not to pierce your heart, but instead ease the pain with in.

      A fellow tribesman,

      Rob Bullis “Fallguy”

    • Vintage Archer
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      DAVE As an author and a master of the written word you know it is hard for some of us less talented people to put into words our feelings of sadness and sorrow for you. Know that our thoughts and yes prayers are with you.

      Your friend

    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      I have heard nothing for two days. I believe our medicine man is on a vision quest. I hope.

      Trust he will be back soonest. There is enough love expressed here to comfort such a personal tragedy that he must return. Again, I hope.

      Semper Fi

      Mike

    • jpd
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      Dave, I am very sorry for your loss,prayers are with you—jim d

    • skifrk
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      Dave as i read what happened i am reminded of a little placard they gave family members for my Great-aunt passing and I think the quote is appropriate here “God looked around the garden and found an empty space. he looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face. He put his arms around you, and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful for he only takes the best. He knew that you were weary, and he knew you were in pain. He knew that you would never be well on earth again. He saw the roads were getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb. So he closed your weary eyelids and whispered, Peace be thine. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone for part of us went with you the day God called you home.” Sorry to hear of Caroline making the final journey it is never easy to lose one you love so much about. Peace be with you.

    • Vance Brewer
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      Dave……Only solace I may offer is……..All the good times you had, as you two trespassed around this rented pasture “TOGETHER”. Stay strong SIR………….

    • Bob Ledrich
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      So sorry to hear this news Dave, my prayers are with you.

    • lyagooshka
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      😥

      Dave,

      I was never good with words, so all I can do is acknowledge that your sorrow is felt by many. Your story (you and Caroline) is one that epitomizes love, for each other, for each other’s interests and views, for life together. In a world when “love” is measured by how many carats you have on your finger, you flipped the proverbial bird at the main-stream and persevered where many others fail. This door is not en exit, simply an entrance to some place else. Good luck. I do not envy you your next hunt.

      Respectfully,

      Alex

      😥

    • kingwouldbe
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      My God…. My God……. my dear friend, I am so sorry for your loss, I just found out…… I wish I was closer to you so we could just go stump shooting in silence……..

      I have never seen you face to face or your lovely bride…… however we are brothers of the bow…… and the spell it cast on us…..

      Dave, if you love Caroline half as much as I love my bride, I can not imagine the sorrow in your heart…… you are strong though & I can already hear that in your words.

      I hope & pray that you might find some comfort in these words .

      Romans 8:36

      As it is written:

      “For your sake we face death all day long;

      we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

      37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    • Idabow
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      Dave,

      I was just checking in here on Tradbow and saw that your Caroline had passed away. I read through all of the posts of support and wanted to offer my respects and let you know how sorry I am for your loss. I have met you several times but never had the chance to meet Caroline, only through your writings, which painted a wonderful picture of a very special person. Look forward to seeing you the next time your in Eagle, Idaho.

      Bill Stone

    • jmsmithy
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      God Bless you both Dave. We’ve never met but yours and C’s impact has been strong. I nearly lost the love of my life to that dread C, we were lucky in it took her leg only…relegating her to a life of pain and difficulty, but a life nonetheless. I don’t know your beliefs but I can tell you mine are that you, and she, are not alone, not apart…just changed…and only for awhile…peace my friend.

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Dave.

      I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve been off site for awhile and just saw this. May you find peace and comfort in this difficult time. Wish I could be there to offer whatever comfort I could.

      Duncan

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