September 18, 2006 at 9:48pm
I have been watching this deer for the past three months on my scouting camera. He and another buck have been hanging around together and I have several pictures of both bucks. I knew that I had several deer visiting my location, but I never thought that I would get to see a buck on opening day. I have been seeing a big doe in this spot for the past few years and I decieded that I was going to wait for her or I was going to shoot a buck. Having that in mind I figured that I would see a few small does, but not the one that I wanted to shoot. To my suprise, about 17 minutes after day light I saw this buck eating in a pile of corn that was about 15 yards in front of me. I never saw the deer walk up. The only bad thing is that he was facing me. When he put his head down to eat I drew back and when he turned broad side I let it fly. I will never forget the feeling that I had when I heard that arrow hit. After waiting 30 minutes I got down and found my arrow. I new I had hit him a little far back and the arrow was full of stomach contents (mostly corn). I gave him another hour and then got some of my hunting buddies to help track him. There was no blood trail. We had nothing to go off of. We looked for what seemed forever with no luck. Two of my hunting buddies gave up on the search. Another buddy and I continued to look and I eventually found him. He had only ran 40 yards, but we were looking in the wrong direction. Talk about a rollercoaster of a day. I will never forget it. I am definitely hooked. I plan to do a lot more hunting with my bow.