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Old 11-05-2005, 11:02 PM
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Wednesday afternoon I ventured out on a hunt in search of the elusive white tail deer. I got to my tree stand and freshened up my "mock scrape" with some dominant buck urine. I climbed up my "buddy stand" and put out a White acorn sent wafer and waited. With a dying breeze and a setting sun, I spotted movement and the wonderful sound of rustling of leaves at one O'clock from my position. In a fraction of a second my heat rate jumped as I realized it was a deer. It apparently came out of the swampy thicket where I have thought this to be a bedding area and also I have had other encounters with bucks that where out of archery range or caught me off guard in previous seasons. The rustle of leaves led me to think he was making a scrape as I had just found a scrape and rub 20 yards from his present location that morning. All this thrashing around lasted less then a minute about 60 yards away.
With out a second thought, I immediately rolled the bolt safety to reveal the red ring on the Knight LK 93 . The beautiful creature revealed itself to me in a perfect sun setting and leaf falling autumn afternoon.
The mid sized prince of the forest gated slowly in a mild zig-zag trot straight towards my 17 foot high tree stand. He came in as if on a string, I saw wood. I grew with excitement. The Deer was not OL' Slick head which I've passed five times on last season.
As he approached thirty yards I pushed the secondary safety to the fire position on the muzzle-loader. The white tail seemed to be on a mission with his head extended. To a evening feeding area on the hill behind me? or was he lured by the mock scrape and scent? The handsome animal came to a very slow walk five feet from the mock scrape at fifth teen feet from me. I put a bead on his shoulder and let him draw closer as his tail was not up and not alarmed. At eight feet from the bottom of the ladder base the deer paused. I squeezed the trigger on my weapon. The deer swept quickly away to my right and stopped within forty yards. He stopped and then fell down. I reloaded in the evergreen tree then checked my watch, 4:18 p.m. I did not wait any longer. I approached the fallen game to find him motionless. A wonderful spike horn with a little kicker. Spikes almost twelve inches long. I tagged and gutted the harvested deer which had a hole in the center of his heart.. I left the deer by a blow down and quickly proceeded to the dodge for the duel wheeled, wheel barrel. After a hard drag with the seven pointer last year I got a little brighter. I entered the now black forest with a large mag-lite and tote. After an hour haul out of the woods I headed away smiling with bragging rights. Checked him in at 107 lbs. on the deer scale.
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Old 11-06-2005, 01:46 AM
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Congrates on the spiky
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