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Deer season is finally here, and I could not wait. So far, this has been the best year of hunting for me. I started off 2013 with a bang here in Iowa when I killed a 26 pound turkey with my youth 20 gauge shotgun. Then I set out to kill a turkey with my bow in the 4th season, but nothing seemed to cooperate. Later came the 203 pound bear that I whacked with my TC Muzzleloader.

When youth season rolled around, me and dad hunted every weekend, but had no kill to show for it. Now, here we are, the 2013 Iowa bow season. I have hunted deer with my bow before, but never killed one. This year, I was determined to do just that. We decided to hunt a stand that we had hung earlier this season specifically for me to bowhunt. The set was in two cedar trees, about 13 feet off the ground, and both stands faced each other, with a wide shooting lane. With the proper wind direction, it is nearly impossible for a deer to wind us, because with a southwest wind, our scent blows right off a bluff behind us. Coming into this stand we had spooked a few deer, but we proceeded to the stand anyway. When we got there, it began to get quiet for a long while, until a group of turkeys begin to walk behind us. After about a half an hour of that, dad looks up and says, "Daltyn, big buck, big buck!" This buck came in with 2 others, and he was up front. While all of this happened, I managed to stand up, grab my bow, and draw. The buck walked right into my shooting lane, and the rest is history. After shooting, I look around and one of the other bucks was a 150" 6X5. For a moment, I wished I would have waited for this buck, but that thought was soon pushed away by the trail of blood, and the buck piled up 70 yards away.

I couldn't have been more exited to shoot this deer with my bow. He wasn't a giant, but to me, the experience was just as great. Now, I still have an unused youth tag, which means I can use it for one of the later gun seasons. With luck, I hope to be writing another story like this soon.