DEER OF THE YEAR UPDATE 🚨
@zach_mcgradeh of Virginia submitted his buck from October 6.
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Big Illinois Nanny down!!!! She came right in and I shot over her back at 30 yards, thinking that was it I grabbed another arrow out of my quiver and nocked it “just in case”, I then realized she didn’t run more than 20 yds away, but she remained downwind the whole time, blowing running back and forth stomping and carrying on, blowing up my whole spot, meanwhile (while she’s still carrying on blowing) I am coming unglued in the stand, shaking uncontrollably as I try everything in my power to calm myself down just in case I get presented with another shot. Then, the doe starts to trot towards me and closes the distance to 22 yards (still blowing btw) then she cuts back and it looks like she’s about to cross the fence and present a shot, so I draw... she cuts back in some brush and continues to blow, I let down, then she runs towards me again closing the distance to 20yds, I draw again, she still hangs up and I have to let down again! By this time I am a bundle of nerves and I’m shaking the entire tree, she gets on a trail that crosses the fence at 18yds, as I see her duck under the fence I draw again, she clears the fence, I settle my top pin on her shoulder and watch as my lighted nock disappears behind her shoulder. She runs off and begins to walk as if nothing had happened, I look at my arrow and can see it’s covered in bright red blood, then I watch as she begins to flick her tail and falls over! The adrenaline dump I experienced after is unlike anything I have had before! It took a solid 15 minutes before I calmed down enough to text my buddy that I got one! To say I am blessed is an understatement, the Lord truly answered my prayers today!
So I’m not going to apologize for it being young or sum it up with “well it’s meat in the freezer” cuz I’ve gone out at least one day of every weekend since Nov 10th. Ive been hunting for 3 years and have always ended the season with my tags in my pocket. I’ve passed on a bunch small forks/spikes, buttons, and young doe, but today I finally took a shot and filled my very first tag. I Saw this guy walking very slowly across a ridge line next to a creek, he had a serious limp in his back leg. Well After my shot, I found out later to be from a slug going through his back leg and out his lower chest without hitting any vitals. (Maybe a week or two old) well at 107 yards, using a round that I reloaded (Hornady brass/48g varget powder/ 150gr Hornady SST bullet) I took a perfect heart shot, only went 15-20 yards and dropped dead. I could of passed this guy and kept waiting for something bigger but I made the ethical decision and took him. My first deer ever, sadly no one was there to witness with me, but I couldn’t be happier. Can’t wait to see my GoPro footage of it! #first#deer#deerseason#hunting#winchester#3006#lastday#gunseason#ny#chautauqua#county#buttonbuck#heartshot#reload#hornady#excited#venison#delicious
As the day comes to an end so does the 2018 deer season. It was an unsuccessful year for me but I have learned so much. Even though I didn’t get to put my hands on a big buck or tag out this year, I was able to grow as a hunter and humbled by my experiences. The deer decided to be very nocturnal this year and I couldn’t get any in the day light until today. Got two does and a fawn come in but no bucks. This was definitely the most challenging hunt mentally for me. So many times I wanted to quit, to just give up. I was freezing, I got wet, the wind blew like crazy. But the thought of a big buck walking in kept me going. My boyfriend was a great inspiration and kept me motivated. This is hunting. This is the reality. It’s not always killing something, it’s putting the time and work in. I appreciate this life style and these animals so much more now. Now to take what I learned and use it for next deer season. Next hunt, turkey in April!! Let the scouting begin
Pulled a couple of cams today, and these pics pretty much sum up my season. I try to feel better by telling myself that at this point in this day my powder was soaked and my muzzleloader wouldn’t have fired anyway. #deerseason#muzzleloading#catchindeers