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What a season I had. As many of you might know, I really can not do much hunting until after our Farm Market and Haunted Houses are closed for the season on Oct 31. I started the season off with hopes of shooting a giant like we all do. I passed a few dandies, then it seems my luck headed south.

Had a giant come in with poor camera light and had to pass. My next opportunity was at a 6 year old I called the Heavy weight 8, as you can guess he has a huge body! We were hunting from a ground blind on the afternoon of November 29th, when he stepped out of some pine trees into the soybeans 40 yards away, what a stud! When I drew my bow he looked right at us, I put my 40 yard pin on him and sent a arrow his way. His reaction lowered him a foot and I shot right over his back. I have been bow hunting 42 years and should have known to shoot a little low, rookie mistake #1. Rookie mistake #2 was not to have another arrow out of quiver and ready. He gave me just enough time for second shot if I had a arrow out of quiver and ready. He looked at me for several seconds then walked back into pines.

About 3 weeks later from same blind a buck I call the Big 10 came out of pines on same trail as Heavy Weight 8. He stopped at 50 yards and began feeding on beans, his head was down so put my 50 yard pin on him and let one loose. I was in shock as he beat my arrow again!I was only shooting at 52 pounds because of a bad shoulder, at that distance again I should have shot low. Boy was I down on myself, I have been hunting too long to be making these mistakes. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I get pretty excited!

On the last afternoon of the season, after hunting for 50 out of 60 days, I had another opportunity. This time as he stopped at 40 yards and was looking my way, I aimed a little low and the arrow hit perfectly! I was so happy to end the season on a good note! Love a Rage blood trail in the snow!