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Well our opener morning is here for bowhunting.... My brother in-law who has never bowhunted is taking me to an area on the farm where he lives and works to an area that has a very nice whitetail buck. It has been said to have a very large buck in the area.

So he and my son will be along to get a feel for the challange of bowhunting in what is called spot and stalk. I am not using a tree stand for this hunt, and should I harvest this buck will have pictures of the successful harvest should that happen.

But the area affords wheat fields that the deer have had zero pressure from humans :D
 

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I wish you all the best!
 

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Well I just got back from the hunting trip, and man was it a heart thumper of a day.

We started off where we had to park and walk in because of a hard rain last night, the road into the back section was a bog, and would have caused us to get stuck.

Well we started walking out across the mint field that had been cut so the little stubs created noise, and there was no getting around it, so I looked like a robot steppin up then down etc. Well we also had a fog which made seeing kind of hard as well. But finally got some clear up about 1,000 yards into the mint field. I glassed a nice buck far off judging about 500 yards off right at the edge of the timber and mint field feeding.

I started my focus as this was a nice buck from what I could tell even at this distance. As I got closer, up came the bucks head and he was staring right at me, I thought it had been blown and he would be on the run. I was wrong as he put his head back down and continued to feed. I kept telling myself to keep the focus, keep the focus. As I continued a slow step of 1, 2 ,3 then stop.... again and again. He would pop his head up and look again, I froze like a statue, my brother in-law and son stayed back just letting me do my thing.

I closed in with my heart racing and thumping I thought the buck would hear me coming in and closing the gap. I got to within about 50 yards, and the buck lifted his tail letting go his droppings. I'm thinking this is it as a sign he will surely take off. After he finished his business, he turned and just bounded off.

Regardless of the outcome, it felt good as the rush of the hunt. He would have been a very nice buck to have on the wall with what looked like a 30" spread on the inside of his antlers. Massive beams and all, what a rush it was being there to experience this. As I turned to head back to my son and brother in-law a group came bounding into the mint field with another nice buck in the middle of the group. To far to take a shot but at least the deer were on the move.

We moved on as we all enjoyed what we had encountered this morning. After finding a place to set up...



.... we waited for more, but only a couple of does and fawns were found on the farm. We did get to see a bald eagle flying close to us, and I looked at my brother in-law and told him that native americans believe when you see one, its going to be a good day. Well we figured that we would return later today, or tomorrow morning to set up and wait and see what presented itself to us.

So my son and I then left the farm, and headed off to my Aunt and Uncles spread up the road. We scouted the whole spread, and not finding any sign, we decided that, a late afternoon hunt would probably be best when the deer come down to go water in the valley.

Well, as we were walking back low and behold a buck jumped up from his bed, and gave me a nice broadside pose. I drew back and let the 100 gr G5 Striker tipped Carbon Express Terminator fly. The arrow found its mark, and I must say I have never arrowed a buck in velvet on the opener of bow season.



Counting the points, this deer turned out to be 5 points on one side and 3 points on the other.

I would say, heck you bet it turned out to be a great day!
 

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I've been hooked for a long time, but took a recess so to speak... decided to get back to the basics and enjoy the spirit of the hunt and challenge.

Not only for me, but so much better quality time spent in the field with my son.

Another awesome hunt experience today to add to the many we have spent together, and getting him into the "Spirit of the Hunt" as well. He now realizes that its more than just grabbing the ol 30-30, getting as close as you can.

He now can not wait for our doe, black bear and elk hunt that we have planned.
 

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Wonderful day...the morning stalk as exciting as the shoot this afternoon to read it...so glad your son got to experience all that with you...he'll never forget it...couldn't happen to a nicer guy...
 

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Congrats JB on your harvest, may you see an eagle on every hunt, your marinade be spiced to perfection, and your deer meat always be tender.
 
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