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Author Topic: He won - maybe next year!  (Read 415 times)

Offline Madgomer

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He won - maybe next year!
« on: January 20, 2019, 08:45:55 PM »
Today was the final day of our archery season.  We have a bunch of snow on the ground and some frigid temps, which isn't bad for deer movement if you have a food source to hunt, but we have a layer of frozen rain in there so moving to your hunting area quietly just isn't possible.

The area I normally bowhunt requires a long walk & is heavily drifted, I hunted it Friday afternoon but probably should have just stayed home.  Saw nothing on the stand, then had a doe & her twins scoot off as I was walking out (crunching all the way).  Yesterday evening just after dark I saw some deer in the food plot behind the house, 4 in total with one being a nice buck.   Actually had the presence of mind Friday morning to make a pass back there with the tractor (too lazy to walk as I was swapping my camera cards) so this afternoon I actually had a reasonably good opportunity to get back there in those tracks without crunching through the ice layer.  I figured there was a good chance they'd be back in that plot in the evening.  Only problem is it's a relatively open area, we have strong north winds, and my stand back in that corner is the only place I'd be in Xbow range but it's just north of the funnel they'd come through.  Well heck - last day of the season, what else can you do but go for it?  Based on the wind chills I went out as late as I dared, about 3:30.  About 4:45 the sun is nearly setting and I catch some movement.  Here he comes, heading for the plot.  I was on my feet facing south already when I spotted him.  Watched him jump the fence from south neighbor's pasture into east neighbor's timber and start walking towards our line - I'm sitting right on the line in a big old cottonwood.  Got a decent look at him - he's a wide 8 pointer that I saw a couple of times over at the place I normally bowhunt.  Had my X-bow in hand, safety off, waiting for him to come out on the other side of the big old cottonwood & step onto my side, he's about 12 yards from me, almost straight to my south.  You guessed it - that old bugger got a whiff of a stinky old human & bolted back from whence he came.  He ran into the thick stuff & blew a few times, then all went quiet.  I think that's the first one that has winded me this season. I stuck around a few minutes & then decided it was time to walk back up to the house & thaw out, & drink a toast to that buck - maybe next year Cubs fans!   

Would have been nice to tag him, but was a fun way to finish the year at least.  Knew my odds weren't great with the wind, but have rolled the dice before there in past years & gotten away with it in late season.  Now time to focus on yotes & see if Yari can teach me how to fish in hard water!
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He won - maybe next year!
« on: January 20, 2019, 08:45:55 PM »
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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: He won - maybe next year!
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2019, 05:29:07 AM »
Too bad things didn't go as planned. Sounds like he would have made a good one to finish the season with. Hey, at least you got out one more time and saw some decent deer.
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Offline King Ben

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Re: He won - maybe next year!
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2019, 08:35:26 AM »
Oh man, that's a hard way to finish the year.  Oh well, looks like he has survived until next year (predator and environmental conditions permitting).  Sounded like a fun hunt nonetheless. I'm like you, February is predator time.  Best of luck Mad!

Offline Flintlock1776

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Re: He won - maybe next year!
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2019, 11:35:04 AM »
Too bad.

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Offline yari

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Re: He won - maybe next year!
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2019, 09:04:11 PM »
sooooo close. it's tuff to beat an old buck's nose. he'll be bigger nest year
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Offline psebg65

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Re: He won - maybe next year!
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2019, 03:26:46 PM »
Exciting way to end the season.  I know what's it's like to have to decide between braving the weather or staying home.  Good on ya for choosing to get out there one last time.  Too bad it didn't come together for you!  Good luck next year!
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