10-09-2008, 06:22 PM
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B&C 180 Class
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Join Date: Mar 2007
I was hunting in essex county 5h .the conditions were the worst hot 70's and raining .we tried different spots different stands nothing,not even seeing deer.I normally would let this little guy pass but my guide said not a lot of deer this year due to winter kill so i should take the first deer i saw.this was it.i was hunting off the ground sitting behind some pine branches on the ol 5 gal pail had 2 shooting lanes based on the wind i figured the deer would approach from the right,he did.around 830 i heard a branch snap i looked down to make sure i was clipped in to the loop i look up and he's staring me in the eyes broadside at 20- 25 yrds.i dont move a muscle just stare back.i have on full camo including gloves ,facemask ,scentloc suit and rubber boots.he stares me up and down,no foot stomp or head bob.he moved hid head behind the lone tree blocking our view.i raised up and drew.thwack right behind the shoulder.he kicked and took off running down the trail to the truck..i could see my blood covered arrow sticking out of the ground.bright red bubbly blood.he wasnt going far.i heard a crash in the distance.i called the guide he came in from the other way he found blood.i worked my way down the blood trail ,it was everywhere,the deer ran off the main trail after 100yrds and died in a clearing.10 yrds off the trail.upon field dressing i knicked the heart got both lungs and knicked the liver.he was quatering more than i thought.he was probably dead while he was running,just didnt know it.the drag was an easy one.back at camp by 930.didnt see another deer all week
Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky