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October 8: Lance Chapman

With winds out of the North and cooler temps after the rain the previous day , I decided it would be the perfect chance to hunt the pine set for the first time. This was a set that we had hung the previous weekend after doing some mid-day scouting. Recent pics from the Reconyx had told me that the 10 pt I had named Big Rock was coming from this area late in the afternoon. When I went in to scout the pine thicket, I located a persimmon tree that had a lot of deer sign around it , as well as a few fresh rubs , no doubt the bucks were using this area.

Knowing conditions were right , we got in early and waited patiently . It wasn't long before the bucks showed up, surprisingly , it was 3 nice bucks still hanging together. I decided to take the big 10 at the first opportunity , I drew my bow , but the cameraman whispered he didn't have the buck in the camera because of some limbs in the way. I stayed at full draw for what seemed like forever, but he still didn't have him so I had to let down. One of the bucks got a little nervous when I did this. They stuck around for a little longer before deciding something wasn't right and started to leave. When they did , I zeroed in on the big 10 , and he gave me a perfect quartering away shot. The Rage did the rest as the buck only went about 80 yds and it was over!

It felt great to harvest the buck I had been after all season. I had several trail pics of other nice bucks but had set my goal to hunt this buck until I got him. I had a previous encounter with him in early September but had not laid eyes on him since. The first time in to hunt the pine set had proved fatal for Big Rock and what a great feeling it was to finally get my hands on him!