First off, sorry for the huge pic. My photoshop 5.5 won't open for me to downsize the pic
Here's how it went...
I got in my treestand late at around 4:30pm. I wasn't going to go because we were having dinner for my daughter's 14th birthday...I figured I could be home by 6:30 and that would be ok with them
Anyways, I saw this buck way off in the didatnce chasing a doe. I was certain they would not make it my way since for the past three days I've seen other bucks in the same field chasing does and they always went the opposite direction. This time the doe came to my right and got behind me in the woods and the buck lost sight of her. I was locked and loaded ready for the buck to come behind me when all of a sudden I heard a grunt out to my right....there he was!!! Right in the wide open field running at my decoys!!!
I had my decoys (buck and doe) out in from of my stand at 18yrds...quartering away with the buck only a few feet behind the doe with the doe's tail halfway up. Scents obviously didn't matter for this situation but I did spray some estrus on the ground around the doe decoy. I also put the big set of antlers on the buck decoy. I had noticed over the past few days that these bigger bucks were pretty tolerant of the little bucks....matter of fact, this buck I got was hanging out with this little 6 pointer, or probably vice/versa.
I might add that I never touched these decoys without latex gloves
When the big buck came running in I literally had to make the "Bahhh" sound to get him to stop his charge....I seriously believe he was gonna plow the thing over!! That was it...I knew he was at 18yrds and he stopped perfectly broadside and I let it fly using my 20yrd pin and hit dead center behind the shoulder....just an unbelieveable feeling!!!
I felt like a celebrity when I took him to check him in, everyone wanted pictures and were high fiving me
My buddy's called their buddys, and there buddy's called their buddys....it was just awesome!
Thanks for the responses! Good luck to all of you...I'm gonna take a few weeks off, catch up on some work, and get ready to kill some does