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The story all started last year in November. We were sitting this same stand and looked down the ridge top and here comes the split G2 and we know right away he was a four year old. I looked at Lee and knew right off the bat we needed to pass him and let him get one more year of growth. We put him on the hit list for 2011. Sitting in a box blind in July, we got the split G2 in velvet on video eating in standing beans. He looked like he put on mass at five and a half. So we came up with a game plan to put a Reconyx camera near our pond stand and create a mock scrape beside a rubbing post. Like clock work, the split G2 came in consistently. We knew if we slid into the pond set with a southerly wind in early November we could probably get a look at him. But to some amazement the split G2 was nowhere to be seen during our first sitting and a four and half year old 155” ten pointer that we had pictures of walked in putting on a show. Being four and half, this deer got a pass.

The next couple days brought northerly winds, so no pond set sittings. On November 4, 2011 south winds returned. The pond set was now an option and was the only place we wanted to be. The only downfall is the best access to this set is to climb a steep mountainside. But we got in that morning and saw a couple does at first light. Then a coyote came and drank out of the pond. As Lee and I were talking about the coyote, we could see movement coming from the standing corn field above the pond. The deer was heading straight toward the pond. After first glance with myNikon Monarch’s I knew it was the split G2 all by his lonesome. He came and took a drink out of the pond and worked his way around the west side of the pond where we knew he would hit a scrape. I let him work up the scrape and then to the next one on the pond dike. I grunted a few times, knowing that the position he was in, he could not see behind us. He looked toward us and continued to work up the scrape. When he went to walk away, I hit him with a couple more grunts and he could not take it any more. He worked toward the stand to try and get the wind in his favor.

The plan worked, he came to about 30 yards and stopped naturally. At that time I was already at full draw, took the shot, and the deer buckled and rolled down the mountainside we climbed up that morning. I knew the shot was lethal. After we got everything packed up to go look at the split G2, we looked over the hill and saw him almost to the bottom about 50 yards from the HuntVe. This was a breeze of a drag. The morning could not have worked out any better. What is better than a beautiful five and half year old whitetail in the back of the HuntVe? It’s hard to beat the opportunity to take mature deer on farms you manage. - Booty