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We had an awesome morning seeing 3 shooters on their feet. Two were strictly feeding, and one was tending a doe. The buck with the doe walked into the bedding area at around 10:45 am after they walked within 40 yards of our ground blind on the opposite side of the field. We were getting soaked in the rain at the time, so the decision to get in the blind for the evening was going to be a little easier. The wind was not necessarily perfect for the blind. If the buck should return with the doe that he was with, most likely it would be to the cut corn field which we had watched them cross. The hunch paid off big time! With light beginning to fade, a lone doe came out and began to feed. She suddenly began staring behind her and all eyes were on the approaching deer. When he emerged, he wasted no time going after the doe. She was in bow range and then began to go straight away from us. The buck took off running and actually turned her back to us. She made her way towards our ground blind, which we had put up & brushed in just days earlier. He eventually had the doe just yards from the blind, but 60 yards was as close as he would come. The doe began to leave and it was now or never. At 60 yards and the doe peeling out for parts unknown, Rod drew the P.S.E and settled the pin. I watched through the viewfinder as the Rage Hypodermic blew through the deer with ease! The Nocturnal nock showed us that the hit was fatal and the celebration begun!

I don't know who was more excited, Rod or myself. It was an emotional hunt in many ways. Rod's mom is battling cancer, and he lost his best friend on opening day of archery season. He dedicated this hunt to them, as well as Joe Shults' son Evan... I had just finished filming a red cardinal when Rod reached down and changed his arrow out with the one that had "EVAN" written on the fletching. That arrow was not to be denied on this day.

Team Reconyx has it's 5th whitetail and 6th kill of the season. It's time to break out the smoke pole and even the odds with some of the bucks we're after. Let's hope the lucky streak continues!

D. Hampton