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January 30: Jarrod Gibson

To say this year for me and Steve has been crazy would be an understatement. We set out on a mission this year to make a statement but never imagined to have 11 kills so far. I started the year off early with two good bow kills and then had to focus on the family and having our little girl in December. The whole time I was monitoring a new piece of property I picked up. I had 2 monster bama bucks that where lighting the reconyx up regularly and another big deer we called crabby that was a 4.5 year old bama bruiser.

With only being able to hunt sporadically I wasn't able to catch up with them during the first part of January when the rut was kicking. With the baby being a month old my wife gave me the green light to get after them. Of course now the weather is in the 70s and the deer movement is horrible. I hunted full day sits for a week strait and was not seeing much at all. With hunting in Alabama for many years me and Steve new that if we stuck with it we were bound to see a shooter in daylight because the mature bucks will be looking for those last does to be bread and hitting food sources to replenish their bodies after a long rut. We split up this weekend to double our chances. Steve connected with an awesome buck Sunday morning we were after. This allowed him to jump in the stand with me and run the camera. In our filming career I have followed up Steve 3 times with a buck either the same day or day after he has killed. We new with our luck something might just happen this evening. I went back to a biologic field I had been sitting and not seeing anything but had great reconyx pics 2 weeks prior. From the second we got in blind we started seeing bucks. As fate would have it crabby stepped out at 185 yards. Something was different about him though. He appeared to have two broken legs, 50 plus pounds down from the month prior and was missing his tail. When I put the Nikon on him to shoot I noticed he had major head wounds as well. Before I new it he was walking out the field and Steve was yelling at me to shoot. I gave him one last holler to stop and the Winchester dropped him in his tracks at 185 yards. I couldn't believe it!! Me and Steve had pulled off our 4th double kill in our career! The season ends in Alabama on January 31st in this particular part of the state. So to take this buck on the last day and it being a double for team Ozonics was crazy! I feel very fortunate to harvest this deer I was after and even more pleased because he would not of made it another week with the injuries he had. Stay tuned to see what else me and Steve can lay down with the extension to February 10th in the southern part of the state.

-Jarrod