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December 28: Dan thurston

The 2013 season was challenging to say the least!  It started with high hopes and much anticipation!!!  I had invited Rick Malik and John Frank to the Lazy “D” for a Bow Madness Attack!   I had procured additional land and multiple bow sets in Hope, Kansas and Norton, Kansas.  With Reconex trail camera pictures and most recent information, our hopes were high that it was going to be a great season! But in reality, Rick, John and my seasons were disappointing.  We just could not connect with mature deer.  Bow Sadness set its course on Rick’s hunt with multiple implications and bad luck scenarios that ended up with nothing!  John’s hunt was scheduled mid-October and mother nature and the cycle of the deer…they just were not ready to play. 

 

I have never hunted so hard and so many consecutive days in my deer hunting career to come up empty handed, until my good friend, Steve Malone from Lawrence, Kansas invited me to take a swing at a deer he calls “Tank.”   Cold weather and snow plus December’s food source pattern made a perfect scenario for our afternoon hunt!  In a ground blind hunting over cut and standing corn, we settled in for the day.  Deer staged at the timbers edge and soon were filtering onto the field in front of us.  I had chosen to use the Tac 15 because sitting on the ground, it is one of my favorites.  Steve was gracious enough to run camera and “low and behold” Tank enter the field.  He finally offered me a 55 yard shot and as I moved into position, I had not realized how close I was to the “X” braces in the blind.  When I shot the cam on the Tac hit the “X” brace.  It hit “Tank” back and I was sick.  After reviewing footage, we felt he would expire but we gave him overnight.  The following day,  we tracked blood and found him 200 yards from where the shot was taken.  We were in disbelief of what we saw, the coyotes had completely eaten “Tank”.  I do not mean just a little.  Literally, the only part that was left was the neck and head!  In all my years, I have not experienced coyote carnage of this degree in such a short period of time.  Bow Madness was felt but Bow Sadness occurred and I am without summer sausage!  Taking pictures and doing a hero with head only, truly is a different experience for me.  I was not for sure how to do it!  I wanted to the honor “Tank” and reflect on a truly tough season..