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Had a great hunt this morning against a snowy backdrop.  It didn't last too long as I had a doe come through solo......she gave me about a 16-17 yard shot and I made it count.  She headed back the way she came after the shot and after about 60 yards I saw the tell tale flicker of her flag. I didn't actually see her drop but I was confident enough to only give her 30 minutes before I climbed down and took up the trail.  She was where I thought.........

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The drag was MUCH nicer than the buck last Saturday evening; 30 yards on level ground to a seasonal driveway. :)

 

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Well.  Yesterday i shot a doe shot looked good quartering away.  Even saw it look like it wobbled when it got out to 100yrds.  Gave it a good hr started tracking. The arrow stayed in her and about 50yrds into track it started pumping blood full of bubbles and pink colored, we found arrow where i last saw it and got about 18 inches went in.(could see it when it ran away the arrow went in deep).Was covered in blood no guts all lighter colored and so i kept going after 150-200 yrds of tracking with consistant blood it stopped with only 4 drops over last 75 yards.  So me and friend decided to circle to see if we could catch it laying dead or cross more blood.  Well 5mins into that i jumped it.  Buddy saw her and confirmed it was her he saw blood on its side.  Went back this morning 24hrs after hit looked all over.  I about gave up figured ide swing around property in truck to see if i could see her in the fields.  Crows gave her up had to be 20 in the trees around her.  Found her in one of the meadows 200yrds from where we jumped her. She stunk yotes and crows got to her last night.  

Looked like i hit a little higher then i thought and caught one lung and did get more guts and liver then i first thought.  Guess she was quarterd more then i thought.   Shes hanging hoping meats still good i scrubbed her down and got rid of any meat the guts spilled on. 

Sorry no hero pics wanted to get her home and cleaned up just one of her hanging.

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After 31 archery hunts I was starting to think it wasn’t my year as usual but finally Saturday morning it worked out. 20 yard shot and watched him go down.

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After 31 archery hunts I was starting to think it wasn’t my year as usual but finally Saturday morning it worked out. 20 yard shot and watched him go down.
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Congrats. What a beast

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Got it done this morning! 7pt at 7:30 came in behind me wouldn't stop. Hit him back but got liver and artery. Went down in less than a minute. Was hoding out for something bigger but time was running out. 

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Dragging a friend's buck out on Nov 2, I unfortunately hurt my back right at the start of rutcation (L4-L5 and L5-S1); presently dealing with a battery of tests and alot of challenges I'll have to deal with over the next few weeks. Stupid amount of pain, too. Surgery likely looming.

I was dumb enough to push it probably too far; managed to get out with the help of a friend 9 days out of the originally planned 12 off. The other three I couldn't get out of bed due to pain/soreness. The sets were close to the truck and as expected, just outside the bulk of the action. A few close encounters with target bucks but physically it just didn't work out well, including one miss due to unfamiliarity with a borrowed xbow. Sometimes I could carry the bow and sometimes my friend had to walk me out. My wife is proud. Really, she is. I promise. She's still yelling at me, and I can hear her. I'm at work now 35 miles away.

The evening of our snowstorm, I hunted the PM and on the walk out of the woods, picked up on where a target buck was bedded in some swale on a hedge row based on tracks and being able to glass him in the dark against a farm flood light. The next PM I drug myself with a Lone Wolf to the spot I thought I could get him and sat it out a whopping 6 inches off the ground. No usable trees to get higher and I couldn't carry a blind or sit in a folding chair comfortably. I couldn't climb either, let's just be real about it.

At 3:30, three does come across an open field with the last being this one. I had to take the opportunity and did. 30 minutes later the target buck stepped out of the bedding and skirted me at 80 yards not knowing I was there; he picked up the trail of the does that came in with this one and followed the way they ran after the shot. He was shot the next morning by the neighbor. I was too sore to make the morning hunt and I got images of him on three cells cams that AM. That left me high and dry with no strong confidence moves to make on the last day of rutcation. Ah well. Still had as much fun as I could.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, phade said:

Dragging a friend's buck out on Nov 2, I unfortunately hurt my back right at the start of rutcation (L4-L5 and L5-S1); presently dealing with a battery of tests and alot of challenges I'll have to deal with over the next few weeks. Stupid amount of pain, too. Surgery likely looming.

I was dumb enough to push it probably too far; managed to get out with the help of a friend 9 days out of the originally planned 12 off. The other three I couldn't get out of bed due to pain/soreness. The sets were close to the truck and as expected, just outside the bulk of the action. A few close encounters with target bucks but physically it just didn't work out well, including one miss due to unfamiliarity with a borrowed xbow. Sometimes I could carry the bow and sometimes my friend had to walk me out. My wife is proud. Really, she is. I promise. She's still yelling at me, and I can hear her. I'm at work now 35 miles away.

The evening of our snowstorm, I hunted the PM and on the walk out of the woods, picked up on where a target buck was bedded in some swale on a hedge row based on tracks and being able to glass him in the dark against a farm flood light. The next PM I drug myself with a Lone Wolf to the spot I thought I could get him and sat it out a whopping 6 inches off the ground. No usable trees to get higher and I couldn't carry a blind or sit in a folding chair comfortably. I couldn't climb either, let's just be real about it.

At 3:30, three does come across an open field with the last being this one. I had to take the opportunity and did. 30 minutes later the target buck stepped out of the bedding and skirted me at 80 yards not knowing I was there; he picked up the trail of the does that came in with this one and followed the way they ran after the shot. He was shot the next morning by the neighbor. I was too sore to make the morning hunt and I got images of him on three cells cams that AM. That left me high and dry with no strong confidence moves to make on the last day of rutcation. Ah well. Still had as much fun as I could.

 

 

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Sure that deer is not mixed with feline, wicked color to her fur.

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Including Sunday’s hunt I had 50 hours in a tree stand which compared to some isn’t much but with 2 young kids at home and a wife that works every other Saturday it was a lot for me.

A buck came by at 4pm from the south working his way north up a logging road. I immediately knew he was a 4 pointer that I had on camera all year long. There was no doubt in my mind that at 4pm on my last day to bow hunt for the year that I was going to do my best to get this deer.

He was walking at a good pace without stopping so I had to be careful standing up and moving into a shooting position. I was able to be ready for him as he passed 3 yards away from the stand. I didn’t like the idea of shooting directly down so I waited until he got out in front of me. At about 12 yards he got behind a small tree head facing away from me which is when I drew the bow back and made sure I had my anchor point and was looking through the peep site.

He was now quartering slightly away As he continued to walk away from me. When he was at a tree that I knew was 19 yards I gave him a soft "meeep" to stop him and let the arrow fly!

Impact spot looked great but it was not a pass through and it even looked like an absolutely impossible amount of arrow sticking out of him as he bounded away. All sorts of thoughts started to run through my head. Did I actually hit him in the shoulder? Is my bow not powerful enough? I’m drawing 62 pounds or at least I thought? All that passed through my head in the matter of seconds almost the same amount of time it took him to start to stumble. That first stumble he did was all the reassurance I needed to know that I did in fact make a good shot.

I continued to watch him run away for a few more seconds when his front legs gave out and he nose dived into the ground flipping over himself. He tried to get up again but could only manage to spin around on the ground in a small loop kicking with his back legs as hard as he could.

Within seconds all movement stopped and there he lay motionless 100 yards away from the shot. I had finally done it after 4 years of bow hunting, countless hours practicing in the yard, countless hours spent in the woods it was done I had finally taken my first deer with a bow.

This is a hunt much like my first gun deer that I will never forget. The 5 minutes that transpired from first seeing him walking down the path to expiring 100 yards away is seared into my memory.

I couldn't be happier about it. It’s my first archery kill and for it to happen on my last day, in the last hour is just amazing!

Thanks for letting me share!
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Congratulations Brad! What a cool looking doe! And big too!

Really sorry to hear of your injury. Hope you are feeling better soon. 

 

My apologies for posting in the harvest thread. Didn't realize it until after posting. 

 

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