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November 20: Bill Gadient

Dave and I went into this season with pretty high hopes, much the same as any other season, but those hopes were dashed rather quickly with the delayed harvest in eastern Iowa. We had a great encounter on November 10 with a giant deer that no doubt will net b&c.

Armed with that knowlege, and my PSE X-Force, we once again slipped into the same set. About an hour before dark a doe came feeding through with her two fawns. She remained in the area for about half an hour and made her way to a grassy high point almost out of sight. All along we were waiting for a buck to slip in and scent check her, but it never happened. Just as I thought she was out of the area, she snaps her head up, looks right at us and blows. I have an antlerless tag in my pocket for a situation such as this. Many times Dave and I have harvested a doe in order to keep her quiet. As she started moving closer I grabbed my bow and readied for the shot. Just as soon as she turned broadside, I released my arrow and put a fatal hit on her. What I didn't know, but almost immediately found out, was that a buck walked in on us to check her out. I was so focused on her that I had no clue 'till he bounded off after her. Much to my surprise, when she dropped 40 yards away, he left her and came right back to us. I quickly knocked another arrow, drew back and let another one fly just as he showed me his rib cage. This wasn't the buck we came here looking for, but he's a great buck anyway and the story is as great as any we've ever had.