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Terry had been playing hop scotch with this Missouri buck for a week, but this deer’s luck ran out when it finally came to a Muddy end.

A week prior, Terry and crew had been working with our good friends at Muddy, filming product commercials and when the recording ended, he headed back to the farm to jump into his own Muddy Bull blind for an evening hunt.  During that sit, this buck stepped out but never wandered into bow range. The chess board was set. Terry was determined to kill this deer. 

The following week was a study in triangulation, monitoring Reconyx pictures to understand the deer’s movements and timing. His G4s were tall, so Terry (known for his creative flair) began calling him “G4.” Perhaps it was the specter of the Halloween season at work, but a secondary name was also brewing in Terry’s mind for this buck, “Chisel Tip.”

With the trail cam data, Terry was able to hone in on Chisel Tip’s bedroom and began hunting every stand he had that was in the vicinity, taking care to correlate the right stand to the prevailing wind. Each sit included aggressive grunting and rattling sessions and while multiple bucks came to investigate, Chisel Tip would not show himself.

It’s also worth noting this late October period was unseasonably warm coupled with a dark moon phase…not optimal conditions for daytime deer movement.

On the 30th with a cool front and the right wind, Terry went back to where this chase started, his Muddy Bull blind. This blind was situated in the center of a BioLogic Clover Plus field and had been positioned in that exact spot only after six years of observations from other nearby stands. It was an intentional move based on years of data.

At 5:15 pm Chisel Tip and his 12 points and 164+ inches of antler stepped out of the woods and began making a scrape. He proceeded to check a few other pre-existing scrapes, ultimately bringing him within 32 yards of the blind. His location wasn’t ideal for a shot, so Terry had to crawl forward and come to full draw on his PSE Decree from his knees.

That Decree was set to 50 pounds to accommodate a shoulder Terry was rehabbing. His shot on Chisel Tip, with a Rage Chisel Tip, hit a few inches further forward than he intended, but still penetrated shoulder blade and lacerated the top of deer’s heart and damaged a lung. Terry credits the design of the broadhead for remaining lethal even after hitting shoulder.

After giving the deer time, Terry recovered the arrow and followed the blood trail. The trail terminated in 85 yards with a bed spattered with lung blood but Chisel Tip was not there.

That sick-in-the-gut feeling that all deer hunters know washed over Terry as he decided to pull out for the evening in order to resume the search the following day.

The woods were thick where Chisel Tip retreated. To add an additional layer of challenge, it appeared his wound had coagulated so that the blood trail effectively ended at the bed. Farm manager and videographer Michael Munson had been Terry’s partner from the beginning on this multi-day hunt and was back with Terry looking for blood.

The two split up at a fork in a game trail that they suspected the buck traveled. Each on their hands and knees on their respective trails, Michael eventually found pin pricks of blood at 20 yard increments. Those pin pricks ultimately led him to Chisel Tip, and the end of a week-long adventure that started and ended in a Muddy blind.

As told to Tim Kjellesvik.