I have always wanted to get a self filmed bow kill. Just recently I finally did just that and got my first self filmed bow kill.
Self Filmed Bow Kill
Well the cold weather had the bucks up and moving here in Kansas this morning. And it made for an exciting day of deer hunting. I arrived at one of my favorite deer hunting honey holes well before daylight and got settled in the loc-on in the edge of a huge soybean field. As the sun slowly came up I could tell it was going to be a great day for deer hunting in northeast Kansas with the cold front settling in. I had gotten several trail camera pictures of bucks sparring recently so about 7:45 am I decided to do some light rattling and soft grunts, nothing to aggressive just a light rattle sequence and I threw in a few soft grunts. A couple of minutes later I spotted movement about 500 yards across the soybean field. I quickly put up my binoculars and could tell it was a nice buck heading my way through the uncut soybeans. When the buck got to the cut soybean field he started running towards me and he made his way to the wood-line I was set up in about 50 yards away. He was heading away from me at this point so I softly grunted at him and then I lost sight of him in the thick brush. Then I spotted him slowly coming down a trail that lead right to my stand. I swung my Motion camera arm and turned on my Canon XHA1s and got it zoomed and on the big bruiser. I was able to film him working a licking branch and thrashing trees with his antlers as he made his way down the trail to 15 yards from the base of my tree. When he turned to look the other way I drew my Mathews Z7 and settled my 20 yard pin on the boiler room. As soon as I released the arrow I could tell I had made a fatal shot on the big buck. He ran off and my heart was pumping. I had just filmed my first self filmed big buck bow kill. I had shoulder surgery back in April and at times didn’t know if I would be able to bow hunt at all this year. But now all the hard work of physical therapy had paid off and was able to get my first self filmed bow kill and got it done and caught it all on film. The big brute ran about 75 yards and piled up.
I can’t tell you how happy I am with my Mathews Z7. It is such a smooth sweet shooting bow. The buck never knew what hit him. He was not as big as I thought he was but it is a trophy to me and it is a hunt that I will never forget. I had a heck of a time dragging him by myself and getting him loaded. Then I took him home and skinned and quartered him up and will be making some yummy jerky out of him. I can’t believe it’s mid October and I am tagged out on bucks here in Kansas but fellow Pro-staffer Troy will be coming to hunt here in Kansas for a week and I hope to help him get his first Kansas brute and get it all on film. It should be a lot of fun and I look forward to getting some more great whitetail footage to share with you.(note: the footage of the hunt has not been downloaded and edited yet)
Here are some of the details and equipment used to make this a successful hunt.
- Date October 19, 2011 Pre-rut
- Location:Northeast Kansas, loc-on stand in edge of woods on 423 acre soybean field
- Tempature:33 degrees, wind 20mph out of northwest
- Time 7:55am
- Bow: Mathews Z7 Lefthanded 60 pound draw 28 1/2 draw length 65% let-off
- Sight: Apex Bone Collector 4 pin sight
- Release: T.R.U.Ball Bone Collector The Beast Release
- Arrow: BEMAN 340 Bone Collector carbon
- Broadhead: G5 Montec 100 grain
- Camera: Canon XHA1s HDV video camera
- Camera Arm: Motion Camera Arm
- Scent used: Code Red Doe pee, acorn scent wafer cover scent, Scent Killer 99% scent elimination spray