Monster Bow Hunting Encounter

I wanted to tell you a story about my first monster bow hunting encounter. It is a hunt that I will never forget.

Bow Hunting Encounter

It was a hot September afternoon when I pulled into camp. I was looking forward to a good evening of deer hunting.

bow hunting encounter

My first bow hunting encounter with a big buck is one I wont forget.

The temperatures were in the upper 80’s but any evening of deer hunting is good to me no matter what the temperature is. I made my way down to the oak flat on the creek, I had to come in the long way to have the wind in my face. I made it to the stand and got situated and waited. I sat there for about an hour when a doe and a fawn came in and had a few acorns and a drink of water and made their way to the clover behind me. I sat there for another hour and a half without seeing so much as a squirrel. I don’t know why but I decided to get out of the stand and do a still hunt up to another clover food plot that was on the way back to my truck. I was about a mile from my truck and the field was back near my truck. The wind was perfect for a still hunt up to that food plot.

I made my way slowly up to the field and when I got close there was a big brier patch right on the edge of the corner of the field between me and the field. I eased around the Brier patch very slowly not knowing what was in the food plot. I slowly crept up to the edge of the briar’s and peaked into the plot and low and behold there about twenty yards away stands a 130-140 class 8 pointer quartering away from me. My heart starts pumping like crazy. But I knew I could make that shot. I start to pull my bow back and what I didn’t know was there was another buck standing in the food plot watching me. I was so focused on the Pope and Young buck standing right in front of me I never even saw the other buck. Well as soon as I go to draw this other buck bust me and blows and the deer all run out of the field and get about 60 yards into the woods and start blowing at me. I felt like I wanted to cry. I just had a Pope and Young buck broadside within shooting distance and get busted by a little buck. So I’m frustrated as I watch them run off, and I stand there for a minute the I start walking at a good pace back to my truck because it is close to getting dark, when all of the sudden an even bigger buck¬† is standing about 60 yards watching me pout back to the truck. He sees me first type of deal, so when I see him he is looking at me hard and bolts. This buck was huge probably a 150 class buck. So now I really want to cry. I’ve got big bucks all around me and and can’t seal the deal. I see two Pope and Young bucks in one evening, and even though I wasn’t able to harvest one, it is an evening hunt I will never forget.¬† Last year I was able to harvest a potential Pope and Young buck deer hunting in Illinois but think he will fall just short when I get him officially scored. Who knows maybe this year will be the year for that record book trophy whitetail with my bow.


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