I'm starting to think this kid's beginner's luck has to run out at some point. My brother Derek never really got into deer hunting until this past season. When I took him on his first shotgun hunt a few years ago he took a nice public land buck. Then on his first bowhunt (and my first time filming) we got a doe on film. It seems like the luck is continuing. On his first hunt of 2012 I put him in my treestand for an afternoon hunt after shooting a buck earlier in the morning - later that afternoon he took a nice eight pointer.
Now he did it again - from the same tree! Here's the story as Derek relived the moment:
With a successful opening day hunt on the 15th I was excited to get back in the woods. I was finally able to get out Wednesday afternoon with my dad for another outing. We got a late start due to work, but were up in our trees by 5:14 p.m.. It was rainy and overcast and the woods were already darkening. I sat in the same tree that I took my opening day eight pointer in to try my luck out once again.
At 5:25 p.m. I looked over my right shoulder and met eyes with a buck. At first glance I decided I would let it walk but I quickly realized the buck was injured and limping so I decided to take it. At this point I was shaking like a leaf and trying to calm myself down. I slowly grabbed my bow and drew back as the buck turned his head away. He took a couple more steps, stopping broadside at 22 yards, and I let my arrow fly. The buck took off running on what I hoped would be just a short run. I called my dad and brother to tell them the news. We decided it was best to track the deer soon as it was only getting darker.
Around 6:00 p.m. I stood up and started packing up. Looking up I saw an eight pointer with a doe starring at me. Whoops! He snorted a bunch of times and they took off. I finished where I left off and started tracking my buck. The blood trail was easily seen even with the rainy conditions. I quickly found him lying on the ground sixty yards from where he was shot.