tony smith, WV
I've hunted since the weather has gotten colder here in WV and just couldn't connect with any deer this afternoon i shot this buck i went to the woods around 2:00 pm set my climber up in a tree about 20 feet high i was hunting in thick cover and had very little shooting lanes as soon as i got settled i saw a small 6 point crusing down the hill and i let him go and about 20 mins later i heard a noise behind me a young 8 point went strolling through one of my lanes & i let him go about a half hour after using my bleat can and grunt call i looked to my left there was this buck coming at at 15 yards thankfully he turned up hill and then proceeded the same path as the young 8 point but the oppiste direction when he stepped in the shooting lane i was at full draw and hit the trigger of my release i saw the arrow sink behind his shoulder but not pass through, i watched till he ran outta sight the direction from which he came, i climbed down went bakc to the house and waited an hour before trailing unfortuntly not much blood was there i tracked about 30 yards and lost what sign i did have, i proceeded down the path and saw him bedded he got up and started walking slowly way he could not wind me the wind was in my face so i watched till he disappeared and slowly backed out and waited till morning.
The next morning i was back where he was bedded well he opened up and had agreat trail after he got up i tracked him 50 yards over the hill and found him i had use my timer on my digital cam to take this pic i was surprised he was this nice i guess i didn't study the antlers very much after i knew i wanted to try and take him. i was using my hoyt raider that i bought from a archery dealer in winfield wv a few years back this is my best buck with a bow i wish we had better management here in wv to allow the bucks to grow bigger. thanks hoyt for making such good quality products.
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