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November 20: Joe Eugster

When a buck reaches 7 years old,there is a pretty good chance you have a long history of him.The Heavywieght 8 and I certainly had a history.He was for the most part very nocturnal.He would start to come out in daylight as the weather would get cold and nasty in late December.Last year he was the oldest buck on farm and #1 on the hit list.I was given a opportunity one afternoon in late November when he started to rebuild his massive body run down from the rut.I planted beans right up tight to his bedding area so he would not have to go far for food.I was in a ground blind 50 yards from the trail he liked to use.I know that is a little far,but I practiced a lot for this exact shot and was confident.When he magically appeared that afternoon it was incredible.When I drew my bow, he looked in our direction,I put my 50 yard pin on him and let one loose.His reaction lowered him a good foot! I had forgot to aim a little low because he was at full attention! What a rookie mistake,shot just over his back.He excaped that encounter but I was more determined then ever to tag this buck.This year on November 21, I got Reconex pictures of him and my hopes were high! I set up on him in a elevated Muddy ground blind in a stand I call the" Deerain" stand.I named it the' Deerain' stand because it  helped drain the deer from the larger food plot to this smaller plot on the end.I was hunting alone and self filming the afternoon of November 22.I was ready,3 cameras running,and there he was draining right to me.When he reached the small Biologic Chicory and Clover Patch Plus food plot he started mowing down,giving me ample time to make sure cameras and I were ready.I remember staying pretty calm and putting the 35 yard pin on him.I was so happy to see the Nocturnal Lighted Nock go right where I had aimed!It was not until after the shot that I started to shake!It was surreal to walk up on him.The Story of the Heavywieght 8 has come to a end but the memories will live on.