Too many bowhunters lament the firearms season thinking it shuts down deer activity. Someone didn’t deliver that memo to Matt’s Missouri buck.

Just in case, Matt packed his PSE into the Ram pickup along with his rifle on his trip up to Terry’s to hunt the last day of Missouri’s firearm season. Though he didn’t pull the trigger that day, he did see a great ten pointer at the far end of the BioLogic field near the end of shooting light. The buck passed by a box blind setup in tight quarters…an excellent setup for a bow kill.

Bringing that bow seemed like an awfully good idea now.

Braced for the early morning 20 degree temps in his Nomad Harvester suit, Matt climbed into the blind the buck passed by the night before. A high pressure system hanging over the area had his hopes high that something would happen. He and Terry had been trading texts and in them, Terry forecasted deer movement between 8:15 and 8:45 am.

Right on schedule at 8:40 am, the ten pointer stepped out of the timber at 80 yards and began working a scrape at 65 yards. The buck crossed the field to hit another scrape closer to Matt’s position. To prepare for the shot, Matt had opened a window, causing the deer to pause momentarily and stare down the blind. The buck accepted the blind and continued on to the scrape at 40 yards.

In the process of working the scrape, the ten pointer turned broadside. A quick check with the Leupold range finder confirmed he was at 35 yards. Matt came to full draw on his PSE Carbon Air ECS and centered the second pin of his IQ sight on the deer’s vitals. The Rage Chisel Tip 2.0 struck home hitting the top of the heart and partial lung. The buck ran 60 yards then tipped over in the timber, ending Matt’s three year archery drought with an exclamation point.

Firearms season can and often does impact deer activity, but completely writing off bowhunting on the heels of it is simply not wise. The bucks are still out there. They still need to feed and can still be looking for does. Matt’s contingency planning with his PSE paid off big time, proving bowhunting after rifle season can still be productive.

As told to Tim Kjellesvik.