Perlington, AR -- TBNN has learned that a Perlington, Arkansas man's life has been saved while reading a red letter edition camouflage Bible on a bear hunt. On December 14, 2008, the last day of bear hunting season in Arkansas, Daniel Bloom was perched securely on a lower branch in a heavily wooded area of the Blue Mountains about 10 yards off the bank of the Kiamichi River .
"I was trying to think of something to do to pass time. I was reaching in my bag looking for my whittling knife when I saw the camo Bible that my sister had give me. She told me it would save my life if I would read it," explained Bloom.
Wilson Gadsford was also hunting that day. "I was slowly drifting along the Kiamichi in my SeaArk Stealth 172 tracking a wandering black bear when I lost site of him into the thicker woods. A few minutes later I saw something a rustling so I aimed my medium-velocity 35 caliber lever-action Winchester and was about to pull the trigger when something came over me to hold off. So I pulled out my Bushnell H2O Porro prism waterproof and fogproof binoculars to have a closer look-see."
Gadsford kept seeing glimpses of red coming from the area where he thought the bear was. In hindsight, it appears what Gadsford saw was Bloom's red-letter edition camouflage Bible. "When I saw red, I put my rifle down and moved on," said Gadsford.
The two made the connection as to what happened during a New Year's Eve party this last Wednesday. "I overheard Gadsford telling that he was tracking a bear along the Kiamichi on the last day of bear season, and I realized that we were in the exact same spot," said Bloom.
"He must have seen my Bible. My sister didn't know how right she was. Reading that Bible saved my life," said Bloom with an ear-to-ear grin.