- Ron RoettgerMemberNovember 2, 2017 at 6:20 amPost count: 52
Nov. 1st 9:30 am a doe came running from the South out of the tick brush I had seen that look in a does eyes before and was certain a buck would soon appear. I stood and reached for my longbow hanging on a branch above me, looked at the trail she come on but caught movement to the West 10 yards or so. It was a large bodied buck it’s dark head and a black 6″ wide stripe down the entire length of its spine it was like no other deer I had seen before. Being just 8′ up in a red pine and the deer walking fast towards me and worried it would run off after the doe I took an arrow from the bow quiver and first knocked it upside down then quickly flipped it 180 degrees. The buck stopped at 7 yards with its head behind a tree I drew and shot. I thought the shot good but more in the shoulder than hoped as I rushed the shot some and will learn from it. The buck spun to the West 35 yards then turned South into the tick brush and out of sight. Just then another buck a 4 point came running on the same path the doe had went this a tall spike with the brow tines. I waited 15 minutes then quietly climbed down and walked over to where I saw the fletched end of my arrow laying. Sign from the shaft was promising but there was only sparse sign on the ground. I went back to my stand ate a snack looked for an arrow in the brush to the East of my stand that I had shot at a grouse on Halloween evening I never found it. The “Trick” would have been making the 13 yard shot through the thick brush but I missed so there was no “Treat” of a tasty grouse meal. Now 35 minutes since the shot and snow falling I took up the trail with the snow and sparse sign it took about 30 minutes to recover the buck which had went about 120 yards and had expired quickly from the double lung hit. Very grateful to have taken the beautiful 4 point and for the many meals it will provide my family.
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