Every hunter has a story

Show me a successful deer hunter and I’ll show you a person with a story.

And with every successful hunt, the story is always different.

Nov. 7 was like many other mornings this time of year – maybe a few degrees warmer than usual and a breeze that couldn’t make up its mind – but otherwise, pretty typical. My trail cameras have shown some deer, but not many. Still, I sat in what has become a favorite area of mine.

Two years ago to the day was a day I had a shot at my largest buck, an 8-point buck I called High Flier. Tall rack, massive deer and my arrow landed just low out of the vitals that day. I looked for High Flier for two days in 2016 only to come up empty.

Two years later to the day the story would end very differently for me.

I arrived on stand about 30 minutes prior to first light. I stood for nearly five hours and not a deer was seen. I messaged my wife at 10 o’clock that I’d walk past her stand around 10:30 and we’d head in to warm up before heading out for the afternoon.

Ten minutes later I began to pack up – gathering myself and items to climb back down my tree. And then something to my right caught my eye.

Antlers were headed my way and instantly I knew it was a shooter.

I quickly knocked an arrow and turned slowly, and while grabbing my bow off the EZ Hangar it made a noise. The buck stopped in his tracks and immediately I thought I may have blown my chance.

He simply stopped, looked around and continued on his path behind my tree. At 22 yards and an opening in the saplings, I grunted at him and released an arrow.

The buck went 30 yards and collapsed.

So many thoughts went through my mind. What an experience to share with my wife. The second anniversary of High Flier out of the same tree! There’s so much that goes into a successful hunt, but luck was a factor as well on this day.

I’ll take it, I guess. The memories, the deer, the day. It’ll be hard to forget.












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