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Well, I had to wait 3 years to bow hunt Iowa and it was finally here. I had passed a nice 150 class buck in early October waiting for a monster. Then on the morning of November 2nd we saw a 160ish 9 point come right to the tree. We didn’t have very good footage of that buck. I had growled him in and he surprised us. It was in a brushy cedar thicket, so I elected to pass. Then the very next day on the 3rd we had a wind that was changing from Northeast to Southeast throughout the morning. We elected to hunt one of our mediocre stands on the property because we didn’t have a good wind for the other “primo” stands. I knew I would have to growl and rattle a buck to this stand.

We were getting out of the stand a little after 10 when we looked down and scared a huge buck off from about 60 yards. He was coming right to us, but we didn’t see him until after I had let my bow down. (I had rattled about 15 minutes prior) We decided to try to rattle him back in and I grabbed the horns and put them together hard then growled and snort wheezed. Immediately another little scrub buck appeared. There was more movement in the background. I grabbed my Nikons and looked and saw a big buck in the background. I just thought it was the same monster that just took off. My bow was still on the ground so I hurried up and pulled it up while this buck was on his way to the tree. We had a “Boss” buck out on a small pond levy located just inside the timber. The 6 by 5 buck spotted him and started doing a scrape. I realized it was not the same buck that just left, but he also was a good shooter buck. The sun was shining bright off his rack and we got great footage of this buck. I just couldn’t resist any longer with this kind of footage and memories to have forever. He came in and gave me a 25 yard shot and my Iowa tag was gone! Another 3 year wait will seem like a lifetime!