November 13, 2016 at 9:07am
My cousin and I have been working hard to manage his families farm the past few years up in Granville Co. and it has finally paid off. I took two days vacation to extend my weekend allowing me three full days to hunt and had planned to sit all day. Well last Thursday, my first vacation day, I made the two hour drive up to the farm and got settled into my stand overlooking a funnel coming out of a large bedding area. This area had produced lots of trail cam pics of large bucks so I was confident and had even jokingly told my cousin I would have one on the ground before lunch. Well less than an hour after LST I hear loud grunting to my west followed by doe bleats. It was so loud and constant that I honestly wondered if another hunter was in there making the sounds. I decided to grunt back and after just one grunt I see a doe pop out from the thicket about 125 yards away. She moved through quickly and having just heard all that grunting I knew she wouldn't be alone so I raised my muzzleloader and got ready. When the buck stepped out I took one glance at his rack and knew he was a shooter so I focused on his shoulder and squeezed the trigger. When the smoke cleared he was gone and I couldn't hear anything. I waited a while then checked for blood and found dark red patches of blood where he was standing. I backed out and returned a few hours later to take up the trail. I trailed him for nearly 500 yards and 5 hours after the shot I finally recovered him along a creek bank. He's my biggest buck to date and a quick non-official score gave us 148' net which is a true NC trophy in my book.