4 Must Makes – Success lies in pulling off these common tree-stand shots.

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4 Must Makes – Success lies in pulling off these common tree-stand shots.

February 17, 2011 - Mathews Inc

By: Steve Flores

My brain mistakenly processed the sound of each subtle crunch as nothing more than a noisy squirrel. Perhaps it was because several of the bushytailed pests had spent the better part of the crisp November morning scurrying back and forth in an effort to stock-pile the last remaining nuts of the season. At any rate, the sound pulsating through my ears wasn’t registering as a legitimate chance at a shooter buck. But that quickly changed when my bewildered eye caught a glimpse of antlers moving slowly behind a thick tangle of brush some 50 yards away.

As the hungry buck walked into full view, I slowly ejected my hands from their warm, cozy pockets and scrambled to find the cold, lifeless handle of my bow.Within a matter of seconds he was standing broadside at a comfortable distance from my stand. In one fluid motion, I turned and hauled the bowstring back just as he dipped his head to unearth another acorn. Unfortunately, upon peering through my peep sight, I discovered that his vitals were covered by a single branch, thus, forcing me to wait until he took just a few more steps before releasing my arrow. Those steps never came.

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