Mecklenburg County hunter downs 8-point buck

8-point buck

8-point buck showed up on third day

Garrett Brawley of Matthews, N.C. killed a Mecklenburg County 8-point buck on Sept. 17, 2022 around 6:30 p.m. with a 33-yard shot while hunting out of his Summit tree climber. 

Brawley shot the buck with his Bear Archery crossbow. His arrows were tipped with G5 fixed broadheads. He’d never seen the buck in the flesh, but his trail cam had snapped some photos of the deer. So he knew it was in the area.

“I’d never seen him in daylight before. But I did have some daytime photos of him on my Spypoint game cam,” he said.

Brawley said the buck ran about 100 yards before lying down and expiring. This buck was on his hit list, and it wasn’t his first day of targeting the deer this year.

“I spent 3 days hunting him. The first two evenings, I had two smaller bucks come in that I’d seen with him through trail cam photos. But he never showed up on those days. That third evening, he actually showed up first. And then the other two came behind him.

“Once about 30 yards away, I took the shot,” he said.



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