So today i get up at 5 am i'm not feeling good ,didn't sleep well.I get up at 9am i can barely walk so i take my meds make some oatmeal and go online.Check the weather for the spot temps are cold in the am but by 1:00 should be 55 not good deer weather according to the experts.I talk with a buddy he's trying to talk me into hanging a stand for him and raking leaves on a property he hunts.I pass and decide to go to the spot instead .I head out at 11 am arrive at 12pm north west wind means i got to come in from the south .61 miles.uphill.I start the slow walk so i don't get sweaty100pm i reach the stand didn't bump any deer..I go up the tree 20ft and settle in. At 2:30 i hear a branch snap.I stand up knock an arrow attach the release .I see a doe walk out of the swampy clearcut i'm watching to my left shes about 200yrds away she turns and walks away from me .I watch till i cant see her any more.I see another deer walk in small trail 10 mins later can't tell if its a buck or doe it follows the other one and disappears .15 mins later i hear another branch snap same ritual grab bow knock arrow attach release i see a doe coming from that direction i assume its one of those two deer .It walks to within 60 yards and beds down.For 20 mins i watch frozen like a statue afraid to move and spook her.She sits there chewing her cud when all of a sudden the wind switches direction her nose shoots up she jumps up and sprints away stopping 200-300 yards away to take one last look.I'm upset she didn't come in, but happy to be able to relax.At 315 ish again i hear a branch so again same ritual.I see a deer coming nose to the ground .At 40 yards i realize its a buck.The adrenilian is pumping now i watch and silently wish him to walk my way instead of turning and coming in he starts walking behind me he closes to 20-25-30 yards?hes standing in a cluster of trees i got a small lane open to me for a shot .I hold steady and breathe /release ,the arrow goes sailing .I watch as it hits the buck above the shoulder,dang high shot it doesn't pass thru.I watch as he bolts full speed uphill and starts zig zaging till he's out of sight.the arrow sticking out the whole way.I'm shaking from the adrenilian .i replay the whole scene over in my head ,the shot was high but went in at a steep angle only 1/2 the arrow was stickin out.I figure i went above the scapula got one lung hopefully the other one..I wait a 1/2 hour ,climb down its gonna be dark at 450 its 400 .I start the trailing,i go to the spot where i hit em no blood i walk in semi circles out from there till 50yards i spot a big red drop of bright red blood with bubbles.YES a lung shot.i track find a spot with whitehairs in the blood,then the drops stop i hear some thrashing i pause and think if thats him hes bleeding out if i push him and he runs to the top of the ridge its a 80 degree slope down the other side.i wait and think"what to do, what to do?" The noise stops its gonna be dark soon i go to where the sounds came from.I see him lying 10yards from my very first ground blind i made 10 years ago.I knock an arrow and approach the deer i still dont see my arrow,maybe its not mine that belly is so huge maybe its a old bloated deer?I poke the buck in the eye,yup hes dead i roll over the hot deer and see my entry hole above the shoulder.YES hes mine and the sun just sets.Itake a pic on the cell phone,its 5 pm.I start the cleaning chores i find my nuge blade stuck into the other scapula and 1/2 my arrow.Oh yeah i forgot to mention its him,MR big .He's a 7 pointer with some really nice tines and a basket rack i guess hes 200lbs .I start the drag out i get to my car 830 and drive to my dads house to hang him up.I filmed after the shot from the tree stand and the tracking and discovery of my Deer.Soon as i can figure out how to download the mini movies i show em to ya.
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
Last edited by joel the signman; 11-27-2007 at 09:20 PM.