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September 26: Bart Goins

Opening day of Tennessee bow season is definitely one of the greatest days of the year. I have not missed many of them since I started bowhunting. We spent last week in Kansas for a full week of early muzzleloading hunting. Warm temperatures subdued the deer movement, so we decided to cut the trip a little early and head back home. We were gonna make the opening day in Tennessee. Back in August, my buddy Mike Barker and I started putting up Reconyx cameras on a particular piece of property in Tennessee that hasn't been hunting much in the past. We had several big mature bucks on camera, including a fully mature 7 point that we called Mulie. He got his name because the deer looked just like a mule deer. We also walked hardwood ridges and did a little pre season scouting that day. We noted one particular ridge full of white oak and red oak trees that we knew would be good. During Labor Day weekend, we snuck into that ridge and hunt a double set and set a Reconyx around some of the acorn trees. I got a text while I was in Kansas this past week from Mike that was saying "You might wanna make it back for opening day". He had checked that camera and since the acorns were falling, the bucks were pounding that ridge. September 26 was opening day... We were going to skip the morning hunt and slip in early evening. Around 5:30, we seen several deer coming up the ridge towards us. 5 bucks were coming straight to us and Mulie was right in the middle of them! After feeding in front of us for about 6 minutes, he offered me a 24 yard quartering away shot and the PSE did the rest.

Thanks to my buddy Mike for helping us pattern these bucks and to the others that helped us track him last night.
Good luck!
-BG