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The morning of November 8 started out as a cold, wet, windy mess. Ryan and I sat watching the Weather channel debating whether or not to head to a stand or head back to bed. After a phone conversation with Mark we decided to head to a tree once the front had moved out. The weather was relentless, but as we watched the front pass we knew we would have about a 3-hour gap between rainstorms. The first front had passed so we got everything loaded up and headed to a tree stand when we saw a giant buck feeding on the beans. This particular deer was a deer that we had been hunting all season. Knowing that he was on his feet we elected to change our stand location in hopes of cutting him off as he headed back to bed.

We climbed up in a set that we had hunted pretty regularly because of the Reconyx pictures we had of particular deer frequenting the area. Once we got climbed up and settled in I noticed that the wind was swirling and at this point I was completely disgusted, but it was daylight so we thought we would just stay there and let our Scent Blocker do its job. We sat for a little while with no deer movement then we had a few does walk through as well as a nice 3-year-old buck that we had encountered last year. What we didn’t know is that this big mature 10 -point was following right behind the younger buck. Once I saw him there was no question that he was a shooter. I came to full draw and after holding it over a minute the buck walked in presenting me with a 20-yard broadside shot. It was a relief to see the Rage tipped arrow find it’s mark and as the deer ran off I knew that he was hit hard. We reviewed the footage in the tree only to see that the hit was a little back so we climbed out and went back to review the footage on a bigger monitor. Upon reviewing the hit we knew that we needed to give the deer a little time, but with the rain coming we elected to track a little earlier than normal. Once we got to the hit sight we had good blood so we stayed on the trail and after about 300 yards of tracking the deer we found him piled up in the weeds. We were so relieved to find this animal as we have been hunting for 50 days before harvesting our first buck.

Ryan and I have hunted hard all season, logging countless hours in a tree and what a reward. This buck I have several Reconyx pictures of and knew from the beginning that this is a deer I would like to harvest. With Missouri firearms season rapidly approaching we were winding down with only a few days left to try and fill out archery tag. It was a great hunt and I’m looking forward to seeing what firearms season has in store. As always good luck and safe hunting.