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Amy took advantage of a cool front during Iowa’s muzzle loader season and got the jump on a longtime resident of their farm.

It had been a few years since Amy had taken a deer so her and Dave planned on trying for one with the muzzle loader. They watched the forecast and saw that a cool front would be coming through the area along with a northwest wind on opening day. It was a date.

A six-and-a-half-year-old buck had been making daylight appearances on their Reconyx cameras…unusual for this deer. Dave had been watching him for years and the buck was pretty reclusive up until this season.  Maybe he’d make a daylight mistake

The plan was for an evening sit in a blind overlooking food sources. In the immediate vicinity, deer had access to corn and multiple BioLogic crops. They didn’t sit long before a few does began filtering into the field.

As the sun sank and the minutes grew few on their day, Amy’s target buck stepped out. In the process of opening a window in the blind to shoot through, she inadvertently made some noise, drawing the buck’s attention. That noise kicked off a five-minute stare down ending in the deer deciding to head back to where he came from.

Knowing her opportunity at this buck as fading, Amy leveled her Traditions StrikerFire and found center mass with the scope. At this point, the deer was 120 yards out. The shot reverberated across the field while a white cloud obscured Amy and Dave’s view of the deer at impact. To be safe, they backed out and did the recovery the following morning.

The blood trail lasted 100 yards before Amy laid hands on her trophy. It was the oldest deer on their farm and though he had a reputation for being reclusive, deer patterns can change from year to year. This guy’s age, coupled with the perfect weather conditions gave Amy a chance to harvest a great and familiar deer on their farm.

As told to Tim Kjellesvik.