6:50 AM, My buddy and I got
out of the cabin late and hurried to the stands - nearly a mile
away. We needed to climb a ridge and come back down the other
side. I dripped some Doe in Heat Lure on my Retract-a-Drag and
we proceeded up the hill and to our stands on the opposite side
of the ridge. It was already legal shooting light when I reached
my tree stand and began climbing. I had gotten so good at climbing
quietly with my BuckShot stand that I was able to hear the sound
of a deer walking some 70 yards up the hill but the deer never
heard me climbing. I got a bit higher with the stand and realized
that a buck was following my lure trail. I fumbled with my hoist
rope to get my bow pulled up in time, unclipped it, nocked and
arrow and shot the buck as he entered a hole at 20 yards. I was
not even done climbing yet!
The shot looked
good, just forward of mid body with good height. The buck took
off at high speed - straight away from me. I didn't hear him
go down and it appeared that he was heading for the thickets.
The weather is
overcast and threatening rain.
minutes then trail this buck
minutes and trail this buck