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Steve’s Kentucky whitetail archery hunt proves that in order to kill on new ground, you have to be willing to push into challenging terrain.

Outfitter Elijah Stewart with West Kentucky Buck Company has some great ground with big deer on it. Reconyx trail cam image were showing three shooter bucks frequenting a brushy hollow tucked between two ridges. A path had been brush hogged through the center of the thicket and was punctuated by multiple scrapes. The deer were traveling along the cleared path and crossing it in different locations.

To Steve, it felt a little uncomfortable to be intruding so deeply into a bedroom, but that’s where the sign was and where the Reconyx pictures showed the deer. It was so thick and scrubby he only found one tree suitable to hang a set in and even that required an hour and a half of trimming. Before leaving from hanging stands, he created a few mock scrapes to. All that work was done they day before they’d actually get to sit in their stands.

The next morning, sneaking into the stand wasn’t so bad because of the brush hogged path. The damp soil muted footsteps also. It wasn’t long before Steve’s sense that he was smack dab in the middle of the deer’s bedroom was affirmed. Even with his limited view, he estimated seeing over 30 deer that morning in the brush.

At 9:30, three does came through chased by one of the shooter bucks, a deer he’d nicknamed “Junky” due to his non-typical rack. It was so thick the buck was on him in no time. He tried grunting to get him to stop in a shooting lane, but no luck. The camera man was fully extended on his camera arm and was about to lose the deer to obstructions.

Steve grunted a second time, only more forcefully. At 30 yards the buck stopped to look for the source of the grunt. Steve drew on his PSE Dream Season Decree, set his pin on the buck’s vitals and released the arrow.

During the arrow’s flight, it deflected slightly off a branch, sending the arrow further back on the deer than Steve intended. The Rage broadhead deployed however and after going 100 yards, the deer fell over at the top of a ridge.

Most bow hunters would feel uneasy about getting in that close and personal on mature whitetails, but with the right field data and stand set up, Steve proved how necessary and successful you can be by pushing in.

As told to Tim Kjellesvik.