Two bucks, one doe and no luck

When you were a kid, you played a game called “tag.”

It was a simple game – there was home base and you ran around in circles trying to avoid the person who was “it.”

On Wednesday, I witnessed the whitetail deer’s version of tag. Two bucks versus one doe and there was no home base.

I spotted the antlers 80 yards down the hill from my perch. A bone white rack was my first impression of the first buck and he was blocking a mature doe who must have been ready to breed any day. Behind those deer was a third, a smaller 7-point buck.

What to do, I thought. I pulled out my grunt tube and all three looked my direction. At 80 yards, I felt I was safe not to give too much information away. I paused and then grunted again.

Finally a reaction came. The smaller of the two bucks made a bee-line for my set up. Not what I had hoped, but I was still OK. He walked directly under me and kept on going.

Now I have two deer, a doe at 50 yards and the larger of the two bucks just beyond at 60 yards. Back and forth they went – she walked right, he moved right and so on. This went on for about 20 minutes and I stood patiently wondering if I was ever going to get a shot.

She drifted slowly my way — 40 yards, 30 yards, 25 yards. I’m starting to think that this may just happen.

And as quickly as I thought I’d have a shot, she jumped to her right with two hops. He looked anxious and nervous as she started to put some distance between the buck that had been shadowing her.

At 40 yards and brush to contend with, I had no shot and had to watch him walk off. My heart sank as I realized my best chance at a good buck was just steps away.





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