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November 18: Scott Manifold

My buddy Scott Manifold is in camp on my Illinois farm and we both have tags to fill. We decided to go after a buck my daughter Elle named Batman.  He's been hanging near a Biologic Maximum / Radish food plot of mine. Our time in Illinois has been tough. The last week we haven't seen a mature buck at all. We knew it had to change. Well it did tonight as a buck appeared on the plot chasing does. We didn't know this buck, so we quickly named him "Robin" since Batman had not appeared. I glassed the buck and Scott filmed him until I said to Scott. "Grab your bow". At that time the camera was practically thrown at me as Scotts excitement level soared. I now had the camera and was filming Robin as Scott prepared for the shot. The buck was about 75 yards and heading our way when I decided to get the camera closer to the window in our ground blind. At that moment I got the worst Charlie Horse in my leg that I've ever had. It was the size of an orange and felt like a knotted boulder in the back of my thigh. I have to say my camera footage was not so steady at this time and I tried my hardest to dig my hand into the muscle hoping I could just get through this pain long enough to get this buck on film without alerting him. The buck was approaching fast and finally the pain subsided when he approached 40 yards. I tried to gather my composure and steady the camera back on this buck. I felt so bad for Scott that this all was happening at the exact time a monster deer was coming in right at us!  Robin came broadside at 30 yards as Scott grunted him to a stop. The PSE and Rage did their job as Scott made a great shot and the buck only went 50 yards before falling on camera. Easy trail job is what I'm liking about the guys I'm hunting with this year. We drove the truck right to him and it was time for the Outdoor Edge to do the rest of the work! -Tom Ware