Please Sign In


New To Sportsman Network?

My First Bow Kill Sherburne WMA

Reply
Hi, I wanted to share my first bow kill with you all. This is a story I posted on another site...

Hunting is full of ups and downs; misses, getting busted by deer, buck fever, going several hunts without seeing any deer. One minute you're  anxious and pumped up but when one thing goes wrong you question your ability and skill. I was disappointed in myself for not being able to draw back on a doe I saw while hunting Sherburne WMA. Everything during that hunt was perfect, from going undetected by a doe who I watched for 45 minutes to her standing broadside directly in front of me at 10 yards. The pressure of never killing with my bow made me anxious and doe fever set in. She was granted a free pass back into the woods to live another day and I felt like I was gonna die. Was my hard work and persistence ever going to pay off? Something about public land hunting fascinates me. It's the thrill of starting from scratch to harvesting a public land deer that keeps my head afloat when I feel like I'm going to give up and drown. Of course, if it would be too easy, it wouldn't be that appealing to me. 3 days after I had that eventful hunt with the doe, I was ready for redemption. I got settled in my stand at 3:30 and sat there waiting for deer thirty. I was praying the doe would come back out. About 5:00 I hear some crashing in a thicket in front of me and hear a grunt. All of a sudden I count 4 deer running around on the treeline followed by another grunt. One doe decided to walk out and head my way. Excitement was building up because I knew if I had her in range I was going to shoot her this time. As she was down in the slough I stood up and grabbed my bow. I was shaking but mentally talking myself out of getting too nervous. All of a sudden I hear a grunt and see a beast of a buck walk out the thicket and start hooking a tree. At this point I was elated! This is the kind of stuff I watch on tv!!! The buck started following the doe's path, went down the slough then I saw his majestic head and horns rise about 35 yards from me.  At this point I was thinking if this was real or not and if I should just shoot the doe who was 15 yards in front of me to my right or see if this buck was going to chance giving me a shot. As soon as he stepped up and turned he put his head down and walked a few steps, grazing. I drew back with ease this time, surprisingly. I had turned my limbs down half a turn but I don't think I had needed it. Thought for a second on how to compensate for the draw weight decrease, aimed my 30 yard pin a little high and released my arrow. Words cannot describe the relief and the excitement when I could see my green fletching sticking out where I had shot him. I was a little high and a little further back than expected but I was confident it was a vital kill. I immediately sat down and watched him run off and tried to see where he went back into the woods at. Then I grabbed my phone to call CETH and told him to stop his hunt and get over here now with Bullet.... I shot a monster!!! CETH told me to get down and find if there was Blood where I shot him and mark it since dusk was quickly approaching. I got down and had no flashlight. I couldnt find any blood with just my cell phone light which was about to go dead! Great! While CETH and Bullet were coming from their hunting spots I was talking to myself downplaying everything. My buck shrank to a 6, maybe 8 point. I didnt want these guys let down when they found the deer just incase I had imagined shooting a buck this large. The 3 of us were on a good blood trail for about 75 yards into the woods. We came to a stand still and decided to back out. It would give him extra time to lay and we could call for more help. The woods were thick with briars and there were down trees everywhere. We met up with LsuSLick who offered his services. He wanted to try out some new spray stuff that makes hemoglobin glow in case we lose a blood trail. We also called Catahoula1 who was on his way with some blood trailing dogs.  I was begging these guys to please find my deer. I knew it would be worth it when I found him. The 5 of us ventured back down the blood trail. Bullet and LsuSlick were trying out the spray and following a glowing trail when there was no blood we could see. Catahoula1 was letting the dogs work and CETH was on another path looking for blood. I stayed at last blood. At one point I was thinking I knew this was all too good to be true. The rain was supposed to come and I didnt think there would be a chance at finding him after that. Just when I'm feeling disappointed someone hollered, 'we got blood!!' Everyone migrated threw briars and limbs to see a very good blood trail. We would follow a little while then lose the blood again. One dog veered away from everyone else to my left and I kept looking down the path wondering. The dog came back after he was called and I didnt think much of it. After not finding blood on any paths elsewhere I told them about the dog going that way. Sure enough, there was a very good blood trail and a pile of blood. We knew we were getting close.... The dogs went ahead and heard one growl. LsuSlick and CETH were on their hands and knees with a flashlight. The relief I felt when I heard CETH shout, 'Oh My God Shannon, you killed a monster!!!!' when I layed eyes on him, his body was a lot bigger than I thought. His horns were even bigger too!! I counted ten points... A first bowkill doesn't get any better than that. I literally thought he looked like a horse lying there! Now came the hard part of dragging the beast out threw all the thick woods. He had ran almost 400 yards and was expired a little while before we found him. It was determined I made a liver shot and maybe caught a lung. I extend my gratitude to everyone who helped track and get the deer out. Every one was worn out, cut up from briars, had fallen down, but everyone was ecstatic to help and encouraged me that the deer would be found. Catahoula1 and  LSUslick were making a path at one point so we could drag the deer. It was after midnight when we made it to a clear area out of the woods. This hunt was unforgettable. It's amazing how so many people came together to help find a deer. From the beginning to the end, it was an adventure that I'll relive again and again.

December 21, 2011
Weapon: Bowtech Soldier Bow
Ammo: Trophy Ridge Expandable Broadhead
Huntress: Shannon Beard
Harvest: Ten Point Buck
Sherburne Wildlife Management Area, Louisiana.
3 1/2- 4 1/2 age 136 1/8 unofficial score
Reply
That was an awesome stoty!! And Kill. All you have to do is teach Rodney to shoot like that now.. LOL.. Great JOB!!!
Reply
   MARSHALLD
Awesome story! CONGRATS! Public land deer are alot more rewarding!!!
Reply
Well deserved deer for you, enjoy it, i shot a 8 pt 2010,another 8 pt shot 2011 bigger than the other one, now cant wait till mid january to hunt the rut to try go bigger than last one,good luck..keep hunting,
Reply
Thank yall. Appreciate It...

Randy, Rodney hits vitals every time he shoots at foam, he just has some bad luck. That pink wristband thats on my wrist in that pic is deemed 'lucky' and he is wearing it now! Lol we shall see if he gets one tomorrow.
Reply
Thats a very nice deer!
Reply
   colbylee
Awesome buck!!! Congrats on a excellent bow kill!!
Reply
   RedHunter
1. A female bow hunter. 2. A fine buck. 3. On public land. You have a lot to be proud of. Good job.
Reply
I am very proud. I've only been hunting for 2 years. I hunt various WMAs and was never expecting to harvest a great buck like that. I dont know if I'll ever top it but I darn will try!
Reply
That's what i like about it when the Ladies have a great hunt, you get the whole story, I almost felt like i was right there helping you find that deer. Great Deer, Great story, thanks for sharing!
Reply
Lol thanks.... I enjoy writing, and talking haha, especially whenit comes to hunting.
Reply
   dustmac22
WOW!!! Way to go! You got the buck of a lifetime. With a bow. On public land. Male, female, kid, whatever... that is getting it done. Congrats on a great buck. He will look good on your wall. Nice write up too.
Reply
He actually scored 142'!!! Super pumped for this season!!
Reply