Payton Everett and his father Rick proudly pose with Payton’s big deer his first buck.
My cousin Rick’s son Payton recently harvested his first buck. He sent me the story to share it here. Congratulations Payton on a fine buck deer hunting in Georgia.
Payton’s First Buck
It was another hunting trip down in Taylor County Georgia. Me and my dad were following his hunting buddy and long time friend down to his deer camp. We left on Friday afternoon as soon as my dad got home from work. It was a two and a half hour trip down to Taylor County. We got to camp at about 10:00 p.m. We knew as soon as we stepped out of the truck that it was going to be a cold weekend. We found something to eat and then jumped in the bed.
I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and bundled up it was about 16 degrees. We ate breakfast and headed for the woods. My dad’s friend dropped us off at the double ladder stand we were going to hunt and headed to his stand down the road. That morning an 8 point walked by my dad’s friend’s stand. It started off in the opposite direction of our stand so he grunted at it to get it to come our way. I guess he thought that the big boy was after him so he took off towards our stand. We heard him coming and spotted him bolting our way. I threw up my 7mm-08 Remington Model 700 and tried to find him in the cross hairs. It was so thick I couldn’t see anything so I reluctantly clicked my safety back on and watched him walk off. We headed back to camp to eat and get ready for the evening hunt.
After we ate and opened up some more hand warmers we headed back out. I hunted the same stand that I had seen that 8 point that morning and my dad hunted another double ladder stand in some thick pines on the other side of the road. I went all evening without seeing anything. My dad saw a doe and told me that that was the spot he wanted us to hunt the next morning. I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get a shot at a deer. We grilled out steaks that night and headed to bed.
I woke up the next morning and decided that today was the day. I bundled up and my dad and I walked to the stand where he had seen the doe the evening before. After a long walk through the thick pines we got set up in the stand and I knew that this was the place where I was going to kill my first deer. I hunted hard all morning and about 7:43 my dad told me to get ready that here comes a deer. I spotted the movement and found him in my cross hairs. My dad couldn’t see him but I told him that I had him in my cross hairs. I took my safety off and shot. He tucked and ran. My dad asked me if I hit him and I told him that I made a good shot. My dad’s friend called on the radio and asked if that was me that shot and we told him that I had shot a buck. He told us to hunt for about thirty more minutes and let him see if he could kill one.
Payton Everett harvested this big deer.
I was so anxious by the time he got to us. We climbed down and went to where I shot him to look for blood. We looked for fifteen minutes and couldn’t find a drop of blood. All we found was some cut hair and some kicked up pine straw. I knew I made a good shot but I was beginning to second guess myself. My dad’s friend told me and my dad to check some thick stuff and he went back to where we found some hair. He told us that he might have headed for a gully that was close by. He called on the radio and told us that he had found him. The deer headed for the gully just like he thought he would. My deer had run 80 yards. I was so excited when I found out that he was down. We walked to where he was and I couldn’t believe it I had shot an 8 pointer. I had made a good shot right behind the shoulder he was quartering on us so it exited a little far back on the other side. We back tracked him and he didn’t start bleeding until right before where we found him. I was so happy I had finally killed my first deer.
My first deer
11/23/08 7:43 a.m.
Taylor County, Georgia
Whitetail bow hunting is a challenge.
Getting big bucks on film is rewarding.
Well tomorrow I am heading out for an action packed adventure of bow hunting and filming hunts.
I’m looking forward to a day in the world of outdoor videograpy. Actually I’m taking my rifle as well and hoping to see some big bucks. But I want to make it more challenging and get the footage whitetail bow hunting. And maybe one of our big bucks on our property will meander into bow range and maybe I can get it all on video deer hunting. If he’s not in bow range I’ll have my rifle to be able to (cross my fingers) reach out and touch him. Filming hunting(outdoor videography) is one thing, but trying to do it by yourself with amateur equipment on nocturnal bucks is another thing. If I am able to pull it off maybe I should change my career to filming hunting. The big bucks seem to be nocturnal at this point in the season ,and appear to be very hard to pinpoint. So my confidence level is not very high, but I am trying to think positive and just hope to enjoy the day of being in the great outdoors. And hopefully get some good footage of some deer. I plan on filming hunts in a couple of different locations on our property. In the morning I plan on hunting in a location between where the whitetails feed and where they bed. My hope is to catch a mature buck heading back to bed for the day. Then in the midday I am going to set up on a food plot that has a lot of thickets and nice bedding areas nearby, and I plan on staying for a nice long evening of adventure. A cold front has moved in and tomorrow should be a great day, except the wind is supposed to be blowing quite a bit. But I hope to use that to my advantage and use the wind to setup downwind of where I expect to see the whitetails, and the wind will make it harder for the deer to hear any noises I make approaching the stand or any unwanted noises I make setting up or while in the stand.
I enjoy filming hunts and recently I have gotten the fever for filming hunting and whitetail bow hunting. Outdoor filming is something that I am very interested in learning more about. So what’s better than a little on the job training?
Also, today I ordered a cable for my camcorder that should allow me to download the footage to share with everyone.
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Can you imagine being the lucky hunter harvesting a world record deer? We all dream about one day harvesting a trophy buck deer hunting. Heck most of us would love just to see a big deer. Every year many hunters harvest big bucks. Just think what it would be like taking a world record deer hunting. These days it probably change your whole life if you were fortunate enough to do that. I have heard of hunters taking big bucks and then getting many different lucrative offers to put the story on TV hunting shows, in magazines, or advertising products such as scents, bows, guns, calls, and many other items, and sharing your story about the deer. But imagine the way your life would change if you harvested the biggest typical or non typical buck in the world. I imagine for the most part it would be a positive thing to happen for someone, but I also think it could have it’s negative aspects as well.
World Record Deer
Recently I heard about a humongous whitetail harvested in Buffalo County Wisconsin, that is a potential world record deer. I guess we will find out after the 60 day drying period for big bucks to be officially scored. I imagine the man’s life has been kind of crazy since he took the whitetail. I bet his phone is ringing off the hook!
A food plot can make your property more attractable to deer. Maybe even a world record deer.
The deer will go nocturnal when pressured.
I am going on a hunt this Tuesday morning, and I am planning on taking my camera and camcorder to get some good footage to share with everyone. It has been rainy this weekend and is supposed to rain tomorrow then Tuesday is supposed to be nice and cold. So hopefully the weather will get the big boys moving again. Also, the does that were not bred during the first estrous cycle should be coming back in heat soon, and that should get the monsters back on the prowl again. Our food plots are looking really good and we are seeing quite a few whitetails using them. The later it gets during the season the more attractive they seem to be, since the other food sources become less abundant. The great thing about having food plots is that they provide year round nutrition for the herd when other food sources diminish.
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