October 03, 2019 at 2:37pm
With low expectations, due to the severe record setting heat, I bow hunted the Atchafalaya Delta WMA on opening day, just like I have for the past 34 years. Right after daylight, I distinctly heard a deer coming in from the marsh. As it came into sight about 125 yds to my left, I began to video it with my bow mounted Tactacam camera. It was a medium sized doe heading for the cover of the nearby myrtles. As it came into shooting range, it appeared like it was heading straight into the thicket not allowing me a shot. Instead it angled towards me and came around the back of the tree that my ladder was attached to. Still I was not going to get a shot even though it was at 20 yards because of the cover it was in. Suddenly it stopped in a gap between trees to browse on a bush and I had my chance. I had to slowly raise by bow directly over my head and pivot to my right, to bring the bow on the correct side of the tree for the shot. At that moment, with me standing like a statue with my bow pointed at the sky, the doe looked up at me. I froze and thought it was all over. But after a few seconds, she went back to eating and I eased the bow down around the tree and slowly drew back. Release, flashing streak of green light as my arrow blew through and into a tree. The doe instantly bolted out of sight, but not far. I heard a few steps and then silence. Celebration! Deer number one of this season was down only 30 yards from the shot. It was a very nice way to start the season. Good luck to everyone. God bless and be safe!