Day 7 - Recovery day
Dwight and another bowhunter, Cole Law, were up early in the dark. Cole hit the timing just right. He came here to rattle and he called in several bucks last night. Dwight headed way back into the provincial forest to sit a ground blind that was getting daylight action on cameras. He didn't have any luck there yesterday but he hoped things would change today. I got up with the bowhunters and we wished each other luck as they headed to hunt, and I headed out with Rob and Nathan to pick up last night's bloodtrail.
When we last left the trail it was about 300 yards from where I had shot the buck. We hoped to see the bloodtrail open up - but it didn't, it was getting worse. We were literally finding a drop every 30 yards and my optimism was fading.
I wish I could get into the details of what happened during that trail but this may just be our best bloodtrail challenge ever - so I'm not going to give anything away. But I'll tell you this, three of us spent hours on our hands and knees piecing this trail together until we lost it completely and all but gave up. While Rob and Nathan were on their hands and knees 50 yards back, I took a chance, crossed a fence and headed down the main trail. I walked into my big buck, piled up dead!
He had gone close to a thousand yards as far as we could figure and we later confirmed exactly how far by GPS. How we ever found this buck was a mystery. But we were all thankful.
After the pictures and congrats we got another bit of good news. Cole rattled up his first trophy buck and drilled him at 8 yards. He was a great 9pt that will book for certain. Now we're just waiting on Dwight. This has been a great day up here in Saskatchewan and a happy ending to what started out as a very difficult hunt. Yes, I will be back. I really love this country up here and I know there are big bucks. I also love the mass and size of these animals. I've never seen anything like it. My buck had more mass than any other deer I've ever shot. And they are by far the largest bodied deer I've ever hunted. Some of them are closer to the size of a caribou than a whitetail. This hunt turned out well. I'll have fond memories of my wilderness treestands and the unpressured whitetails that I spent almost 60 hours with over six days.
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This Live Bowhunt takes place in Northern Saskatchewan with Rob Nye Wilderness Adventures.