Jason Lucas, OH
After a morning hunt in Michigan, my buddy and I decided to drive down to Ohio to hunt for a couple of days. We arrived at our hunting destination, set up camp and got ready to go hunt. With the west wind, I decided to go hunt the other side of the creek at the bottom of the ravine and I knew exactly where I wanted to set up based on the previous year deer movements. I walked down to the tree I wanted to set up in, set my Hoyt Protec down, took my climber and backpack off. I started to unhook the cable on the climber and I heard a noise to my left around the bend. I looked up to see a set of antlers just over the crest of the hill at less than 40 yards away. I immediately dropped down to my knees and reached for my Protec and nocked an arrow, but realized my release was in my pocket still. After some selective movement while the buck was walking towards me and a behind few trees, I finally got my release on and snapped on to the bowstring. He was now only 10 yards from me and in full view walking right at me. My only chance was to use the tree that I was going to climb up as cover to draw my bow. As he was about to pass behind the tree, I drew my bow and kept the tree between us until he was almost all of the way past me. I grunted at him to stop, but he kept walking and looked right me. I found my mark, released the arrow and watch it penetrated the deer that was only 5 yards from me, wow! He took off and I stood up to watch him fall down about 60 yards away. I looked at my watch and it was only 3pm, so I went up to the top of the ravine and watch 5 bucks chase multiple does around the soybean field for the next 2 hours, so I wouldnâ€™t screw up my buddyâ€™s hunt by retrieving my deer. What an exciting hunt from the ground considering I wasnâ€™t even in the woods for 5 minutes! He only scored 97, but itâ€™s the memory of the hunt that will make this one of my most treasured trophies.
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