That’s cool. No. Rarely happens as scripted.Thanks oldschool
Man.. where to start.
Last year him and his buddy were cruising this place hard. I have been feeding and running a camera for, this is the 4th yr. I told myself these deer are going to be shooters next year if they make it. Only this deer made it to the 2020 hunting season. I am not sure what happened to his friend.
As I walk from the back yard of this property down his fence line I pop into a little stretch of hardwood mixed pine mature stand. In front of me there is a cutover.
To the left in the stretch of timber, the timer company left a screen for the property owners home, there was my set in a tree in between the “wall” of cut over and the fence.
I thought I had deer pinched down there for these 4years. Corn, camera.. fed every 3-6days
I’ve had pictures of every deer I wanted since.
But... weird times
Sporadic September- November
Corn had slowed.
Actually growing corn at this point
Late October - November
We all know the bumper crop of acorns this year.
I have sat in this tree a lot this year hoping for an appearance. I broke my own rule so much this year. Which with a kid and one on the way.. don’t hunt unless there is a kill able pattern.
I had him though but, No pattern.. made for many sore rear end evenings up in this little ladder stand lock on combo.
So here we are Saturday the 14th
I climb in about 12pm- dark sit
Well.. wind picks up hard. Mid afternoon. Noisy.. you can here highway in the back ground. Which supported my Pinch in the woods.
As I sat for a min. Checking trail camera pictures. I thought. I’m not going to kill this deer doing the same thing over and over again. I usually don’t go in further in than I ever have too. I use a camera for scouting. I don’t beat through the woods much for deer.
I’m a little confident I’ve been watching the hunting public walking up on deer.
It’s not that good of a story.
But I did get down. Tore my set down. Loud. Sweaty. Wind was good, blowing back toward the homeowners home fence.
I moved the set close to my entry into this timber strip, about 150yds closer.
I picked a tree that I could see into this cutover. It is fortress thick.
Meaning the timber company left some scrub oaks in and other invaluable timber strips or rows kinda random standing in the cut over. From my edge to the closest little group of standing oak scrub was 26yds.
I decided I would sit for the evening watching even though I made a bold move.
Saw deer! Yes. The deer were funneling through the cut over using the thin areas under these standing trees to navigate their way through, feeding as they went.
No sighting of the target.
Pack up and leave.
Spoke with the homeowner about hunting in the AM.
As I park in his driveway, I’m usually a after mid day hunter.
He said no problem.
Wife gave me the green light to hunt until lunch.
Sunday the 15th I wake up and get settled in the tree by 6:30.
Get quite and hit the bleat call twice at moderate noise level.
Not 5-10mins go by and I catch some horns coming through the cut over about 150yds out.
He appears where I can shoot into at 33yds broadside.
I tried to stop him.
He turned quartered to and looked at me.
I put the pin on him aiming for an exit.
Climbed down and went home shaking.
I’ve been texting with treeingdixie that morning
Called a buddy, quackandcluck
Waited 2 hours.
Took my son and buddy to look at the scene.
A lot of blood and took up the trail with the shotgun. I wasn’t sure on the hit and I was not taking chances on jumping him without a shot.
30yds up the trail I spot him dead. About 60yds from impact.
Arrow punched down into his heart valves from the brisket. Missed the front shoulder knuckle by 3”. Lucky, as I was shooting a big mechanical on a moderate weight arrow from a slow bow.
I had a shot from 26-56 yards
And I’m not confident shooting a fixed blade that far. I’m a fixed blade guy.
But I had no idea if I saw him how far he would be.
I’m 150yds away from my old tree and corn.
Where I know my furthest shot was 27 no far how I stretched it.
Don’t get caught up in what your doing.
Prior too was talking with Blaine and it came up in conversation, “it never happens how you think in your head” “it’s always a weird surprise”.
Well the dang tree I was previously In, it’s been a plan. I thought I knew how the story would play out. He would cut this trail out of the cut over and nibble on fresh corn nuggets and these acorns raining and I would poke him at 18yds with a clear shot.
Thanks for letting me ramble.
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i am sitting in a spot almost identical down to the water as your set.Thanks. I hope Kiler’s story helps me with another one here I’ve seen
Well, I saw a nice buck last Saturday evening (a week ago).....in a spot I haven't hunted in years (it's just never been that good of a spot, for reasons other than it just is a good spot......neighbors stuff). After hearing Kiler's story, I got to thinking about how he would come out of that area (I know he's bedding there.....as I watched him stand up). The ridge below my house would be the logical entry/exit, if he used this side. So......I went down there yesterday morning. I could see my house from my tree,,,,,and I really went in too far in the darkness, to almost the bottom of the ridge. The entire ridge is probably 70 yds wide.i am sitting in a spot almost identical down to the water as your set.
Cant hunt in pm on any wind but it's fine on rising scent mornings.
and like Kiler I had to move to make it work. I was 300 yds away for five years and never killed one.
Two sits is all it took this year.
Those two kill stories are the closest to home for me of any that has been posted here. reinforcing my bias to funnels versus open areas.
Glad yall posted details.