December 24, 2014 at 8:41am
I put a lot of time in the woods this year and it paid off. Bow season was slow with not a lot of movement. I shot under a nice 9pt first week of gun season, first big buck i've missed in probably 10 years. A humbling experience to say the least. I got over it in a day or so and got back after the bucks. Mid November I had a buck chasing a doe on public land, the doe came out right at my stand ran down the road then turned around came back and bleated. The buck grunted back and the doe took off again. I cocked the hammer on my blackpowder and got ready. The buck came out at 15 yds and I dropped him. He was a nice 4 1/2yr old 6pt. Weighed 170lbs, 22in main beams and 8 1/2in G2s. I was happy to finally have one on the ground. That next Sunday I went out on my private land and had a target buck come into 20yds in the thicket with a doe. he hung around for almost 30min and grunted snort wheezed but wouldn't leave the does side. I could only watch as they eventually moved off onto someone elses property. I took it as a good encounter even though I didn't release and arrow and figured he would be shot by a hunter on the adjoining property. On December 2nd I went back to the same stand with the shotgun in hopes of killing a doe, only reason I went was because the wife was bugging me for more deer burger. I sat for a few hours and saw nothing. Some turkey came in and milled around but the woods were dead. Around 930 I got up and decided to start packing up. As i'm getting my things together I look back towards the creek thinking a squirrel was making noise. To my surprise its the big 8 I couldn't get a shot at with the bow. He works up the ridge and presents me with a 25yd shot. I was in shock that he was still living. Just goes to show how smart a buck can be, and you never know when its gonna happen in the woods. He weighed 183lbs aged him between 3.5yrs and 4.5yrs old. I put in countless hours in the woods but it paid off in the long run.