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January 9: Taylor Drury

After many weekends in the woods and several awesome encounters, I was satisfied with having 1 buck on the ground to finish out the season. EHD had hit our farms very hard so it was a blessing to harvest a nice, mature deer during late season with my rifle. At this point, I figured my season was over. But, after the ATA Show in Nashville, there were two days left of the Iowa bow season so of course dad and I headed back to the farm to wait out the brutal temps and see if I could at least kill a doe with my bow. First night back we saw several deer, just didn't get it done. Now it all came down to the very last night of the season, the last few hours, the last few MINUTES of our favorite months of the year. The movement was steady all night and we were getting very anxious as our camera light was fading quickly, along with the negative temperature. Seconds before we began to pack up, we glassed the field the last time... Only to see one of our shooters at the edge of the field. The best part was, he was headed our way. The emotions in that ground blind at this very moment, as you could imagine, we're quite intense. We could not believe it! The fact that I was ready to shoot at a beautiful buck with 10 minutes left before last light was amazing to me. Such a blessing really. Boy did he read the script... Walked all the way into 25 yards and presented me with a broadside shot in the snowy cut corn field. I put the Rage right in the cage, last night of the season AND this was my first deer with my new PSE Stiletto Verge. My dad and I had the biggest smiles on our faces and hearts. The feeling of accomplishment was so fulfilling and one of those moments you never forget. We got it done when it came right down to the wire and no better way than to spend it with my one and only hunting partner, my dad. I can't explain how much I appreciate the hours and devotion he puts into deer hunting which have created some of the best memories I have of my entire life. I was so proud to be taking pictures with this 4 1/2 year old 140" to end my 2013-14 season. Next up, turkey season!

Taylor Drury