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Jason R. Wesbrock
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Well, Terry, I guess I'll get this forum started...

On New Year's Day, two friends of mine--Dave and Jim--and I headed up to Dave's property in Central Wisconsin for the last weekend of deer season. About the time we hit Madison we got into freezing rain. Deer camp was another 90 miles away. By morning we'd have over 1/2" of fresh ice covering everything in sight.

Once we arrived at Dave's place, we quickly unloaded gear, suited up, and headed out to our respective stand locations. Jim and Dave were hunting opposite ends of a 40-acre woodlot, and I elected to sit a field edge on an 80-acre tract a little further east. Dave only saw one deer that evening, but Jim stopped counting around 50. Unfortunately, a shot never came together for him, but the look on his face made it clear he'd had a great evening. That's why I like these guys, they don't have to kill something to have a sucessful hunt. But I'm getting a little ahead of myself...

The freezing rain persisted, and wasn't due to stop until about 4 am, so I put some rain gear over my wool and got into my stand for the evening. Earlier in the season, the field I was hunting by served as a reliable food source for deer. But now it looked like an ill-kept ice skating rink. I would have gotten down and moved elsewhere, but with the east wind there was no where else to go, except back to the house, which sounded like a great idea.

I usually sit on stand with an arrow nocked and my bow across my lap, but with the freezing rain I had to hang it under a pine bough. Otherwise, I'd have to keep rubbing the ice off my arrow every ten minutes or so.

I only saw one deer while hunting that evening, and when he offered his chest at 14 yards I sent an arrow through both lungs and his heart. He went about 30 yards, stopped, stood for a few seconds, and fell over. He never knew what happened, except that something hit the ground by him--the arrow after it passed through his chest.


L to R: Dave Shumway, Jim Gellner, and myself.

Side note: This is the second deer I've taken with the same broadhead. On the first deer, I shot completely through the knuckle attaching the upper leg bone of the offside shoulder blade. And for the second time in a row, the 125-grain Ace Standard came out in perfect condition.

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Those ears look awful droopy to me Jason....

Is that MY arrow.....

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Very nice deer Jason,especially in the post season! [thumbsup]

(Enny o yuns know ware thu heart o a stumpytail izz??)

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Congrats Jason! Nice buck and it sounds like you more then earned it ,sitting out in those conditions.

"Good Luck" & "Shoot Straight!"

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Terry Green
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Thanks for jump starting it Jason.

I had a chance to add Sunday...dang wind swirled on me just as I was reaching anchor and blew my chance at a dandy boar hog.

"An anchor point is not a destination, it's an evolution to execution" - Me

"It's important, when going after a goal, to never lose sight of the integrity of the journey" - Andy Garcia

Black Powder Gang ......... &

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I'm glad someone started this off.I was kinda wondering what was takin ya so long Jason [laffsmyl]

What a great way to start the year off bro,Congrats again [thumbsup] [thumbsup] [Not Worthy]

Curt } >>--->

"I love you Daddy".......My son Cade while stump shooting 3/19/06

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Great Job, you desrved it!!
That buck is a MULE!!!

Happy Hunting,

>>--TGMM--> Family of the Bow

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Congrats on a great hunt and buck! Sounds like some good friends to hunt with. Hope this next weekend is as good as yours, it's our last weekend to bowhunt for deer. [dntthnk] Just have one tag left to fill...............Raven [thumbsup]
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Beautiful buck, String Bean....... [thumbsup] Just goes to show that being out there, even when your brain is telling your body that you are nuts, is better than sitting on the warm couch. No one ever killed a deer while watching TV (legally that is........LOL).


Doubt is a traitor that makes us lose what we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.

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