Got up this morning and was struggling with going hunting or sleeping in a little. But I finally got going and was hoping to see a couple does to take to my butcher. Got to my stand later than usual - the sun had just barely started to light the ground just enough for me to see without the aid of my headlight. When I got to my stand and started to climb it was around 6:50 or so.
I was about 30' up just sitting there reading a book, glancing up every now and again at squirrels running around. Around 7:45 movement caught the corner of my eye. This buck stepped out of the cutover behind me on my left and he was quartering toward me which would put him out in front of me if he kept coming.
When he got to being on my hard left about 45yds away he looked right up at me and I thought I was busted for sure. But he put his head back down and took 2 or 3 steps and looked at me again. (This whole time I'm slipping my book into my bag which was on my right side.) He held his look on me for about 20 or 30 seconds (seemed like forever lol) and then proceeded on his path. As soon as his head went behind a tree I threw the Browning up and as soon I could see the crosshairs on his shoulder I squeezed the trigger.
The shot was under 40yds and he dropped dead in his tracks at 7:50 this morning - never took another step. He is a 19.5 inch wide (inside) mainframe 8pt w/ a split G2 - the main beam on the left side was broken (probably from fighting) - didn't see that before the shot but really don't care. lol
I was solo this morning w/ Huntman gone to school and the wife gone to work so I didn't have anyone around to take a pic of my handsome face w/ this bad boy. lol
There were a couple of weeks when we weren't seeing any deer and then all of the sudden BAM. Huntman and I have had a great season and we're both on doe patrol now.
Good luck everybody!
Posted: December 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm | 2044 Views | 11 Comments
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