November 16: Wade Robinson

The grind of deer season can take its toll on a hunter and sometimes you need to take a break. Wade was fresh off a Dustin Lynch concert and a leisurely morning when he hit the field with Mark for Missouri’s firearm season.

The guys were hunting a new farm called “97 Top.” This is the first year hunting it after putting in a lot of work bulldozing and making other improvements.  With a high barometer, temps holding in the low 50s, and a grey mist hanging in the air, conditions appeared to be right for an evening hunt.

Armed with his Winchester XPR, Wade and Mark slipped into a Muddy blind around 2:00 pm. The blind overlooked a field of BioLogic Winter Bulbs and Sugar Beets. It wasn’t long until a doe and a spike buck grazed their way into the field.

Around 3:00 pm, a mature buck stepped out at 250 yards. Wade watched through his Leupold glass as the buck progressed directly towards him through the BioLogic field. At 80 yards, the buck turned his interest to the young spike still in the field. He turned to face the younger deer, providing Wade a broadside shot.

Wade shouldered his Winchester and found the buck’s vitals in the reticle of his Leupold scope. The gun thundered across the field as a Winchester Deer Season XP round intercepted the deer’s heart. His frame shook as he lurched to run away, though the escape was short lived. The buck hit the ground within thirty yards.

At the end of the day, Wade had a put a five and a half year old deer down on a farm he and Mark had worked tirelessly on to improve. All that work called for a little break and the chance for Wade to come back fresh and in fighting shape.

As told to Tim Kjellesvik.