Taken on Nov 10 2015
Wade wishing he had a bigger lens when that big buck was running does.
This is it. Last evening. We got a good wind and there's big bucks in the vicinity . We had 10 does and fawns come by at 20yards. 2 bucks wandered by in shooting range but we're not what I was looking for. Right at dark 2 shooters showed themselves to our southwest but never ventured close enough.
This story should end right here but it doesn't. Jacob encouraged me to stay and hunt since he had a spot open. Wades plane doesn't fly out until 2 pm. We are gonna get aggressive in the morning with the 3 hours that have been gifted to us.
Day7- In the pre-dawn darkness Wade and I slip in the old road bed that we've been hunting all week. Glassing as we go, we spot several deer in the CRP. We get to the stand and keep on moving past, we are gonna try setting up on the ground right were 4 properties come together. All the big buck activity has been near this corner, prayin it will be this morning too.
Arriving at the corner we look the situation over, Jacob is right, there's hardly any cover. One cedar tree and one scrub tree 25 yards up further. We set up near the cedar and start glassing. He's there,just 400 yds to the south. Big mature 9 pt with 13 inch tines. He is trying to keep his doe from going to the west. She's really wanting to get to that western draw but he wants no parts of it. I tell Wade if they don't go that way, they're coming up here. I gave him my bleat call and rattle bag, I moved Up to the last piece of cover which put me 45 yds from the property line.
Within minutes they were heading our way. The doe jumped one fence going east then another to the north. I can see the buck coming, I draw my bow and get ready. He trots by at 50 yards , following her trail across the east fence. I glance at the doe, she is standing 30 yards away on our property. I'm about to get the shot I've waited a... Noooo! He loses her trail and keeps goin east. I'm whisper yelling to Wade to bleat. At that the big buck puts on the breaks, turns around and starts coming back. He spots another doe to the west and focuses on her. More wHisper yelling to Wade,RATTLE! He does and it works, the Bucks ears are pinned back and he's headed to the fence. I'm about to get the shot I've waited..Noooo! The original doe bolts to the east before he crosses the fence. Seeing this, he to heads east. It's over.