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Going into the late season this year, I had one deer on my mind. That all changed on the evening of January 1st when David Lindsey killed Baby G! At that point, I had to change my strategy. No longer was it about one particular deer but rather concentrating on finding a mature deer. This would be no easy task as the fall of 2010 hunting season will definitely go down as one of the worst for mature buck activity during daylight, but a guy has to try right?

One advantage I had is that I probably spent more time afield looking for Baby G. This put me in the field more times than usual during the late season. I had a good idea based on observed movement of exactly where to hunt. I just needed the weather to cooperate as I was running short on time! I hunted hard right up until the ATA Show but really didn’t see anything at all for mature deer. ATA came and went leaving me with two days to hunt upon my return from Indianapolis. The forecast was perfect: cold and snowy!

We set out as we had done so many nights prior to overlook a standing bean field. Even with the great weather forecast the deer didn’t seem to be moving well. About the time I was convincing myself that I was going to eat a tag sandwich, I looked up and smiled from ear to ear. At the end of the food plot I call “long field” stood an incredibly wide 5 ½ year old 10 point buck nicknamed “BW.” I was too eager to try the 142 yard shot presented me. The buck only ran 10 yards and he was down! Isn’t that how whitetail hunting can go? About the time you think your season is over a buck you had seen only one other time in his life steps out. They truly are amazing animals!