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What a roller coaster ride this buck had me on! My girlfriend Kyle and I went in on the 19th on a whim, we had not looked at the Reconyx pictures in over a month on this particular field due to how deep into the heart of the farm it is, we just never got there unless were going to hunt. First things first, we had a few doe come out just in front of us 45-50yards. They kept staring and carrying on like old mature doe normally do if they catch something they don't like. After about 15 mins of that they finally walked back into the timber. It seemed like forever until more deer started to pop out. Then it was like someone turned on the faucet they wouldn't stop. 5 doe, then 3 more to the East, 2 more, and they just keep coming. Kyle then looks up to see a giant 6.5 year old 8 point we know so well.. Our hearts start racing.. But he stays out at about 125 yards all night, until he chases a doe right back into the brush and we never see him again. Just as soon as he goes in the ole floppy eared 8 that were after comes out into our clover plus fields and sticks his face into the field and starts chowing down! Finally after he decides he has had enough clover he starts to nose a few young doe around coming within 60 yards but does not present a shot..as darkness fell Kyle and I went home that night wishing the outcome would have been different. We finally got back to Mark's house to show him and Taylor the footage and he checked the winds and said, “You need to be back in that blind tomorrow night, the winds are the same but I have to head east for an anniversary dinner". Kyle also had to work so it was just me, the camera, and my PSE for tomorrow evenings hunt.

A 76 degree, Oct 20th may be considered the lull, however down in that beautiful three acre clover plus field things were churning! I got in early, at about 3:50pm. The does started popping out of the wood work, turkeys on the field just an incredible start! I was so excited but had no idea the Floppy eared 8 was about to show himself again.. But he did, this time he walked out of the thick cedars at 83 yards, he was already half the distance from where he started at the night before. He just barely came out to eat, and eats, and eats, and eats..... What seems like an hour was only about 15 mins. He finally starts walking towards the young doe that was about 40 yards right in front of me. I make sure i get the pre roll of him walking in, then I grab my bow, 52 yards on the range finder, glance back at the view finder to make sure the camera is still rolling, come to full draw and let it fly... Right over his back... Sighhh... I through my hands up in disbelief. I do not understand what happened.. It all came together perfectly and I screwed the shot up. He runs out and looks back at glow of the red Nocturnal nock and then walks to the other end of the field.. Thinking my night was over, I suddenly see another small buck come onto the field at about 90 yards to my west. The floppy eared 8 immediately changed his demeanor and bristled up and is headed straight towards the younger buck.. I was finally back in the game. He walks over to the younger buck and nudges him around moving a little closer with each nudge. The camera is rolling then hes interested in the doe that is just to my right walking towards me. Thinking to myself I cant screw this up again. I grab my PSE, he is on a hard walk then suddenly turns broadside, I give him a little bleat to stop him, glanced over at the camera then back to the buck, touched the trigger and was in relief when I saw that red glow sink into his side! I hurried to get back on him with the camera and He went 75 yards and died on film!! What an incredible ending to an awesome hunt!! I was so happy he gave me a second shot and for it all to come together not only once but twice was amazing! Self filming a mature buck kill can be very tough, however if it all comes together is extremely rewarding. What an awesome day to be a bowhunter!