The Moose and I

By Wallace J. Swenson

A bead of sweat, born in the region of the youngster’s hairline, started its journey down. Stealthily, it crept across the furrowed skin of his forehead, wound its way through the roots of his eyebrow, and paused.

Aware of it, the young hunter concentrated harder on the peep sights of his Mossberg .22 rimfire target rifle. Held rock-steady, the front sight remained centered on the left eye of the fourteen-hundred-pound bull moose that stood chest deep in the water forty feet offshore.

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Wallace J. Swenson

About Wallace J. Swenson

Wallace J. Swenson is a writer and Idaho native who lives in the Upper Snake River Valley with his wife of forty-seven years. A retired USAF veteran, he completed his second career in 2007, writes full-time, and is active in the Idaho Writer’s League. Author of ten novels in manuscript, his first in print, Morgan’s Pasture, appeared in the spring of 2010. His website is

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