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This experience happened to me years ago while deer hunting. It was the pre rut time of year and we weren’t seeing a whole lot of deer so I decided to try something different. We would normally meet in a makeshift parking lot and decide where each of us were going hunt. I told the rest of the guys I was going to try something different and hunt a little patch of woods next to where we parked because I had scouted the area and found deer signs. I walked into the area, found a log and sat down for my hunt. Around 8 am I heard and saw a doe heading my way thru the little bit of scattered water in the swamp. She stopped about 40 yards away from me and we had a staring contest. She kept looking at me as I froze but also kept looking behind her. She eventually wondered off but I could see something coming from the same direction as she did. It was an eight point buck. He smelled the area where the doe was, made a couple of circles like a dog does and laid down behind a log 40 yards away from me. I could see half of his head and his antlers. With no shot at the deer I decided to wait him out until he stood up and move. I had picked out two spots to shoot him. One to the left and one to the right. Three hours later the deer was still lying down. Every now and then he would put his head down and sleep. All I could see then was the tips of his antlers. Whenever he would hear something he would pick his head up, look around, then go back to sleep. Around 11 am I could hear my buddies arriving at their trucks as they were talking about their hunt. I heard the truck doors open as they were unloading their guns. I thought for sure the buck would stand up and try to sneak away then I could get my shot. Wrong. The deer stayed laying down listening to what was going on. One of the guys asked where I was and another said I think he was going in that little patch of woods. One of the guys got in his truck and started heading down the old logging road, blowing his horn and yelling my name. The logging road was about 80 yards in front of me and the deer was in between me and the road. The deer watched the truck pass by but never got up. I thought for sure he would stand up but never did. I knew the road was a dead end so I decided to make a move on his return trip. As he was passing back and the deer was distracted I moved to my right to about 30 years from the deer. I hid behind a tree and was able to shoot the deer in the upper part of his neck. He never moved. I started yelling at my buddies to come help as my nerves got the best of me and I started shaking.
It goes to show you that how many deer just lay there and watch you walk by. Luckily I saw him before he saw me.
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Great story..... Thanks for sharing.
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