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Best archery buck!

Post by hunt2sleep » Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:47 pm

I scheduled a vacation from work this week so I could get some hunting done. Unfortunately, we've had a lot of rain since Saturday and yesterday was the first day I could get out. The WMA I'm hunting is prone to flooding and knew I might have to get wet to get to my spot. I rode my bicycle 2.5 miles down the levee and then walked the last half mile to my tree. The trail was flooded most of the way so that made for a slow walk. After soaking my left boot and completely filling my right boot I finally made it to my spot and was in the tree and ready about 10 minutes before shooting time.

Around 7:15 I heard a deer running behind me so I blew my grunt call and turned around. I could only see the deer's rear end through the brush. It wagged its tail and walked away. Nothing else happened for the next hour. I was sitting there and noticed movement straight to my left. I turned my head and saw this buck walking by at 40-50 yards. My first thought was to grunt at him but I scared a buck off a few weeks ago (I think it was him but I'm not positive) by grunting at him so I decided to wait and see what he would do. I had sprayed doe in heat urine on the ground in front of me and he turned and came right to it. He was walking behind some brush headed toward an opening where he would be broadside at 20 yards. I got on the open spot and waited for him to take a few more steps. When he got there I realized there were some twigs hanging down in the way so I waited. After a few more steps he cleared them and I gave him a "bah" to stop him but he kept walking so I took the shot. He bucked and took off. As he ran across the flooded ATV trail about 30 yards away I could see blood on his side. He crossed the trail, went into the woods on the other side, and started turning to the right before he went out of sight and I heard him go down.

I was a worried that all the water on the ground would make it hard to find blood. I climbed down, found my arrow, and started looking for blood. Sure enough, I couldn't find a single drop. I walked over the ATV trail and tried to find where he had crossed it. I found a running track by the water and started looking around it and finally found blood. I crossed the trail but didn't see any more blood or tracks. I looked into the woods in the direction I heard him go down. I saw something white so I looked at it through my scope. It was the deer, but his head was up! After taking a few seconds to recover from my near heart attack, I tried to figure out what to do. Take another shot from here? Try to get a little closer to shoot him again? Back off and wait? While standing there I thought it was strange that he had just sat there while I was walking around just 40 yards away. He was looking off into the woods, not at me, and wasn't moving. I realized something was amiss here. I raised my bow, aimed at him and shouted "Hey!". He didn't flinch. I realized he had to be dead and walked toward him. He was dead but had managed to get himself tangled in some trees when he went down.

He was my 3rd and biggest archery buck and I couldn't be happier with him. I shot him with my Matrix 380 and a BEE with an Excalibur X-Act broadhead. Here's a link to a little video I made after I shot him:


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Re: Best archery buck!

Post by MTBighorn » Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:57 pm

What a GREAT story and pictures!..Thanks for sharing it! And nice writing, I kinda felt like I was there..

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Post by bdog » Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:01 pm

Cool story, glad you found him, and he sure was in a weird position when you found him... congrats

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Post by Onetimeonly x--> » Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:03 pm

Nice, very good shot placement too...
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Post by xcaliber » Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:48 pm

Congrats on a fine Buck!
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Post by RexKay » Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:56 pm

Wow! Congratulations! !!!
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Post by robertyb » Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:24 pm

Very nice buck and a good story. Congrats.
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Post by nchunterkw » Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:47 pm

Great story and great deer! Nice shot too!

A good thing to do once you realize everything is cool - deer dead and found, is to go back and work to find and follow that blood trail. It will help you get better at tracking.
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Post by gerald strine » Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:59 pm

Congrats on the great deer, getting hung up on the death run happens more than you think it has happened to both my brother and myself
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Post by paulaboutform » Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:33 pm

Pics don't lie and your shot looks about as perfect as they get. Congratulations on a great buck and excellent story! :D


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Post by 8ptbuk » Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:43 pm

Congratulations ! Beautiful buck !
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Post by Doe Master » Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:56 pm

Congrats on your good buck . :)
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Post by wabi » Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:10 pm

Nice shot!

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Post by ko4nrbs » Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:22 pm

You earned that Buck!! Congratulations!!

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Re: Best archery buck!

Post by Ontario Savage » Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:35 pm

Awesome congrats

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