Didn't this year, planning on it next. But that all depends on where we are with this crap next Nov. I stay with friends in their home. & I won't intrude on them, or even suggest coming out if we, or they are still dealing with it come November.Wish we had more of them to shoot at around here. Did you go out of state this year? Plans for next year?
Great write up Dan! Awesome hunt....the story
So, it is November 6th and my “rutcation” was not going quite the way I planned it but what the hell has this year? It is way warm for November but IT’S NOVEMBER! Climb into my stand nock an arrow and hang the bow, sit down and immediately a 6-point strolls behind me, hmmmmm…. The rest of the early morning is a smattering of yearling does and a couple button bucks. I tell myself with the mild temps to be patient and enjoy not freezing my a$$ off. I hear a rustle to my right and there goes a high racked 4 point, I’m in a good area and the wind is right. To my left I hear the unmistakable sound of chasing going on, heart thumping I grab the bow and wait. In seconds here comes the best doe I have seen all season, classic tongue hanging out getting chased buy a buck, do I shoot? Need points for the contest but I had to see what was on her tail, I see legs appear, the heart rate increases then he steps into view……6” spike! WTF? So, he continues his quest for the golden ring and chased her back to where she came from. Suddenly the tall 4 bursts out of the brush followed by a yearling doe. The group proceeds to tear up the woods for a good 2-3 minutes, I can see white rumps darting everywhere then all is silent, it’s around 10:00 ish and I’ve already had a great time in the stand. Things are quiet for a few minutes then to my left a yearling doe makes here way into a lush green depression to my left and beds down 60 yards away. A few minutes later a yearling button buck beds about 20 yards from me in same general area. So now if a shooter does come into view, I’ve got 3 sets of eyes to fool. Oh, but this is 2020 and the deer woods. Shortly after the button beds here comes the spike that was chasing the doe. He was either depressed or going to have the “cigarette” after and he beds 10 feet behind the button, oh this is good. So, I’m being quiet and still but up 20’ gives one a huge advantage, guys, if you can get up high it makes a difference. I had set a sit limits of 11:00 and that is now 30 minutes away, trying to figure out how to climb down without spooking the three deer and buggering up the stand. I’d heard a branch snap earlier in the swale further to my left and ignored it, so as I am scanning the beautiful vista in front of me there he is at the edge of this brushy depression. Sunlight fully illuminating him in a darker woody background. I grab the bow slowly, keeping my eyes on the three bedded deer…success! Now this big dog starts to walk away from where I need him but figure he may circle the brush and offer a shot, or not. I give the grunt call a couple light taps and he stops and walks into the barbary brush disappearing. A 4th deer that was bedded in the thorns comes trotting out, never knew she was there! This doe starts to walk in the opposite direction of my stand, oh Shiite she’s going to lead him away so back to the grunt call. She must not have been in heat as he ignored her and starts coming my way. Am I really going to get a shot? I had the presence of mind to stand up as I prefer to shoot seated but the stand is set for the deer to come from my right and being left handed this is going to be fun. Anyway, the two small deer clear out and are not in play while the spike walks away from the target animal. I draw the bow and my elbow hits the tree, slight rotation and I am at full draw, deer still coming. Now my safety strap is on top of my elbow, that won’t do so a couple small twitches and it falls clear. Deer is on me now 10-11 yards walking slowly, stop him or not? Pin is on the deer doing the best to bend at the waist but not enough slack in the harness, he stops between two trees sight picture good, arrow gone. In a blur of blood and noise the deer immediately hits the ground and is trying to escape but spine shot deer don’t do that. I’m still trying to process the fact that he’s mine when the ethical section of the brain takes over and says ‘follow up’ shot. I take my time to let him offer a clear second shot target and let that arrow fly, it’s done. I could not believe what transpired in the brief time it took for all this to happen. I’ve got my best buck ever down on the ground and I don’t have to hunt firearm season WOO HOO!!! Shot was high but the angle was so steep it took out the offside lung. Didn’t notice the little sticker point until I was tagging him, adrenaline will do that to ya! 9 points, 16.5” inside dressed 172#. Another solo recovery so put all the sweat and effort from the gym to work again. The archery season was the best thing that happened in 2020 for sure. Long read but hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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