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November 14: Jared Lurk

The story with this animal actually started 9/26/08 at 5:55pm...a brand new "shooter" appeared on my reconyx camera.  That particular camera had been running everyday since July 15th and I thought I knew all the deer on the farm.  Much to my surprise I was wrong and thankfully so.  The better news: this deer appeared on the field during daylight and continued to frequent the field, during daylight....I was thinking - come on Oct 1st!
 
On Oct 8th, 2008 we finally go the strong southwest wind we needed to hunt that particular biologic field.  And unlike most of all my other top notch plans - this one seemed like it was may actually work...because the second buck on the field was this new 4.5 year old mid 150s ten point my cameras had revealed just two weeks earlier.  As he slowly made his way towards our position I readied myself and drew back.  As luck would have it, the only part of the plan to fail - was my shooting abilities...swing and a miss - the arrowed sailed right over his back!!  From that point on - he was known as the october 8th miss.  Don't ask me how or why I missed (probably the excessive adrenaline pumping through my system) - but I did.  And THANKFULLY so.  
 
We didn't actually see the deer again the remainder of the season - however, the reconyx told us he was still enjoying the farm, albeit utilizing the cover of darkness - but nonetheless, he was still there.
 
In March of 09 the only matched set of sheds I found were to the "October 8th Miss."  I was glad he made it through the season - but actually wondered why he was the only sheds I found to a shooter.  Then this summer rolled around and several of the shooters from last year were posing for the cameras...except for the Oct 8th Miss.  I wondered - did he disperse, did he die of other causes, was he now "camera shy", and many - many other things.  Then in early September while checking cameras I had one photo of him...and WOW did he blow.  I sent the photo to Mark and Justin and they agreed...GIANT!
 
Justin and I decided to spend the next 15 days hunting this deer.  We knew it was going to difficult because typically 5 year olds don't move during daylight, even during the rut.  But, as the quote goes: to get what you've never had, you must do what you've never done.  I have never set out to hunt one deer and one deer only.  This year, we felt like we had too!  He was too big and the stakes were too high not to give it a try.  Along the way we had many trials and tribulations, in fact, Team Lurk-Lurk actually threw up goose eggs two different mornings.  Yes, that rights right - we were skunked...not once, but twice!
 
At any rate, we kept after him...and were rewarded for our persistence!  On Nov 15th, a north east wind blew in and we dove back into the timber!  Only 5 minutes of sitting there after shooting light we heard footsteps and then saw this Monster in hot pursuit of a lone doe.  She came by us and he followed her - 10 yards form the tree.  Fortunately - my shooting abilities held true this time around and we heard him fall from the tree!  The Oct 8th miss can now be called the Nov 15th Success Story!  
 
I was so happy to share this once in a lifetime experience with brother Justin and then be able to show the deer to my beautiful, loving and VERY understanding wife!  And last but certainly not least, my wonderful little daughter, who was the best dressed lady in camp!