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Each year as I head into the Iowa late season, I generally close the chapter on bow season and get ready to extend my range with my TC. That feeling was reversed this year when I tagged out in Iowa and realized I still had 2 Missouri bow tags in my pocket. Now my range would be cut by 75% and I had more eyes than ever to try and fool! It shouldn’t be a problem at all, ha ha.

Bowhunting the late season is especially challenging, lots of eyes, heavy clothes to mess up your form and if you’re like me, lack of recent practice with stick and string in hand. In fact, I’ve never taken a deer after gun season in Missouri with a bow. With 6 days of the season left, I was anxious to try. First things first, I had to re-sight in and work on my form which had changed due to all the heavy clothes. Next step was to check some cameras and see what deer were hitting what food sources. That process didn’t take long and I found one mature 8 point coming to one of my favorite fields to hunt.

We hunted all week and finally on the night of the 13th we encountered the buck I was looking for. Unfortunately it was on the way into our stand and we spooked that buck along with about 120 turkeys. Talk about ruining your hopes on a beautiful sunny evening! Luckily the wind forecast was the same on the night of the 14th so we got in extra early. The deer movement was awesome, and guess who showed up at about 5pm! The PSE Omen found its mark at 42 yards and Joe & I celebrated an accomplishment neither of us expected to achieve.

I would like to take this time to personally thank Joe Foster for hanging in there all season with me and running that camera over and over again…..Joe does an exceptional job with every task and I cannot put into words how lucky I am to spend each fall with him. Thanks Joe!