Went to the stand I took the bobcat and a doe out of last year tonite. 10 minutes in a doe comes by at a dead run, I stand up for a bit tho I know it is way too early to be chased by a buck.
About another 10 minutes another doe walks in from the same direction, and noses around for acorns for a bit.
Then all is quiet til after sundown when I look down along the levee and a tank of a buck is coming around the corner. Heart rate skyrockets as I see he has a split G1 and an extra tine on the other side.
He works a scrape or two and my pulse gets down to around 200 or so. Now hes coming and.... he cuts across the field corner at about 30 yards , walking thru my only lane over there. Dang , he was sposed to cross right in front of me.....
I'm sitting where a timbered ditch comes off the levee and he heads up the ditch. I grunt, he looks and rakes some trees. He turns away and I am desperately thinking of something that will draw him back.
I remember E Donnel Thomas writing about rubbing his bow limb on a sapling to entice a mule deer. So what the heck, I rub the corner on my new bow's limb on a branch. Holy cow, he is coming back!!
But he cuts across the beans again, but this time a shade over 20 yards out, and stops right in my lane.
The arrow is away and he gives a short snort and rushes back to the levee brush line. I get down in a bit and scour the beans for my arrow, no dice. So I walk the way he went a few feet and a drop of blood! Then I look on down the way and the beans are covered in blood.
I back out and call bro John, he is coming home from work and comes down to help me.
Dark by now but good blood and easy tracking . The buck is down about 150 yards out. I don't know what he was doing when the arrow got there but the entry was 3-4 inches lower than the exit. Lucky I got a liver hit and maybe the back of one lung, there were bubbles in the blood and he had blood at his nose.
-------------------- Compton Traditional Bowhunters Charter/Life Member PBS Associate Big Thompson Bowhunters United Bowhunters of Illinois TGMM Family of the Bow Posts: 3341 | From: Southern Illinois | Registered: Apr 2005
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Great buck Kenny!!! And way to make it happen! Congrats.
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