I had a great time at the hunt this week that was hosted by the NCHS and Friends of American Heroes. The farm that we hunted had a lot of deer and I saw plenty but I just have never had any luck out of a ground blind. On the first morning several does and a respectable 6 pointer were coming my way when the lead doe suddenly stopped and stared at the blind for what seemed like a half hour then turned and ran back the way that they came from. The wind was in my face and I never moved. The blind had been there for ten days prior to the hunt. The same thing happened on the morning of day 2 but at noon one of the cameramen took my climber in and set it up for me a little farther onto an oak ridge. I arrived at the climber at around 5:00, climbed to about 14 feet, secured my full body harness to the tree, pulled my exomag up and hung it on a hook that I had just screwed in a couple of feet above me and was getting my pack situated when I saw a group of deer coming. All were does and passed directly under me. As they fed on the white oak acorns, I decided to take one. At 15 yards, I sent a gold tip with a 100 grain slick trick her way....whaaaak. She took off on a dead run for about 40-50 yards then stopped and turned around to see what had happened. She was dead, she just didn't know it. As she turned to walk back towards me and the rest of the deer, she collapsed. This all took place in less than 1 minute. I post this picture with a little hesitation because of the damage to the side of her face where it rubbed against the farmer's atv tire on the way out of the woods but here is my first deer of the year.
Should be worth 25 points? 20 for the doe and 5 extra for the exomag. That is the appropriate tag that I'm holding in my hand Wink . Now that was fun, extremely hot and humid but fun. Tyler says he's going to shame my doe with a biggun Saturday morning Rolling Eyes .
The highlight of the hunt was to hear of all the heroic efforts by the recently wounded soldiers that attended the hunt. I heard stories that would make you laugh so hard you'd almost pee yourself and some that would make you cry. Friends of American Heroes is a wonderful organization that helps our heroes get back into God's great outdoors and enjoy life as they once did only this time with a disability. Check em out at www.friendsofamericanheroes.org
Donations are badly needed if you feel inclined to do so.
NOTE: This harvest was posted in the general forum before I was hospitalized last month and I have just had the time to post it here where it should be. Thanks for understanding Jay.
God Bless !!!!!!!!!