Squirrel Hunting Made me a Deer Hunter
June 29, 2011 at 9:57am
I just thought I'd share an interesting story that drove me to take up deer hunting. Like you Chad B, I hunt on game lands and ALWAYS use scent control. I was sitting in one of my favorite squirrel areas on a log about 3/4 way up a ridge that had a branch covering me from the ridge across the way. Well, after 30 minutes of sitting and hearing squirrels, and couple of large dark shadows were moving across the ridge in front of me, probably about 80 yards away. Next thing I know, right down the ridge in front of me comes this doe. She crosses the creek and heads to my right. By the time she is directly to my right and only 15 feet away. She stops. Something's wrong. Never once did she look my way but I'm sure she knew I was there. However, she was more worried about the other dark shadow. I slowly shift my focus to ahead of me and there's a BUCK! He's putting his scent on the tree she rubbed against on her way down hill. However, he makes a b-line for me. It's not gun season yet and I'm holding a 20 gauge so I know I can't shoot. He's oblivious and literally walked straight up the hill to me. It wasn't until he was less than 6 feet away as I pulled up the shotgun to protect myself did he realize me. A perfect, gorgeous eight pointer. We exchanged stares and looks for about a minute, trying to figure out why we were both there. He looks at the doe. Stomps his foot. Snorts, and hops over a log to my left. Stands and just looks at me, then walks past me less than 15 feet to my left. It's a memory that I will cherish forever and is the reason I am a deer hunter. More so, it's the reason I'm PROUD to be a hunter.
And don't worry. God gave me that one back as my first rifle kill was a perfect 2.5 year old 8 pointer with a 14.5 inch inside spread on game lands.
Thanks for the story Chad B - brought back good memories on a bad day at work :) Can't wait to get after those squirrels and deer this season!