November 18, 2014 at 10:06pm
We've had this buck on camera for 3 years now. Last year, my uncle shot him as an 8 point and after tracking him over 3 miles, was unable to recover him. Assuming the deer was gone for good, it was to our surprise to see him again this spring with an injured knee joint in his leg. Fortunately, this buck that we nicknamed 'Lucky Charm' stayed around throughout the summer and grew another two points. Lucky Charm was now a 10 point, with a unique right main beam- we figured it was from his injury from last season. On November 17th, I was hunting the same stand that my uncle had hunted the year before in which he first encountered Lucky Charm. After seeing a small 5 point make a scrape at the end of the 330 yard shooting lane, I grabbed my grunt call and began imitating a whitetail buck. A few minutes passed and the only new deer to show up was a doe. I noticed the doe and young buck acting funny, and then they went into the woods. All of a sudden, I saw movement towards the end of the lane and I grabbed my binoculars to scan the scene. Honestly, the only thing that I saw was the massive set of antlers. I could tell that the deer's antlers were very heavy, and I was sure that it was a mature whitetail. I had a gut feeling that I had just encountered Lucky Charm. Knowing that it would be a long shot, I calmed myself down and focused on squeezing the trigger. When the shot fired, I felt like I had made a spectacular shot. However, since the shot was so far away, I was unable to see what the deer did following the shot. I gathered my belongings and my Dad came to help me look for blood. It was dark by this time and we looked for about an hour trying to find blood, hair, a track, anything. Much to our dismay, we found nothing. My dad went back the next morning while I was at college and again found nothing. He followed the trail that he assumed the deer had gone down and after finding nothing, he gave the search up. That evening, I got a text from a fellow member of our club and one of our lifelong family friends (who has a stand close to where I was hunting) asking if I had shot Lucky Charm recently. I, of course, replied yes. To which the friend replied that as he was climbing into his stand that following evening (Nov. 18) he noticed something weird about his shooting lane. Upon further investigation, he determined that there was a dead deer in his shooting lane. The friend walked up to the deer and discovered it to be Lucky Charm!!! He text me and told me that we could come and load him up to take him to clean. I could not wipe the smile off of my face. I was in utter disbelief that we had actually found that deer, and honestly I didn't believe it until I wrapped my hands around the base of those antlers. I was absolutely shocked. Upon cleaning the deer, we discovered that I had made the perfect shot. Both shoulders were broken and the bullet had hit the heart. Still to this day we haven't found a speck of blood. It is unbelievable that a deer could still manage to run about 200 yards with 2 broke shoulders and a bullet through the heart. That's why he was called Lucky Charm though, but unfortunately for him, his luck finally ran out.