It was 2 degrees with a wind-chill pushing -25 and it was first strike and he was out on News Year Day. I had been watching this buck on trail camera since November 18th waiting for the right time to make my move. It was cold in the stand on top of the place I call Killer Ridge and I was faced directly into that cold north west wind. My stub right middle finger still hurts and my cheeks still feel leathery and are still swollen. It isn’t the first time, it won’t be the last time and that’s why……..I shoot a Mathews!
Sorry guys! I didn’t get this one film and I feel very upset not being able to share the hunt you guys. The group of bucks he had been traveling with had already went by and he wasn’t with them. It was cloudy and extremely overcast and I ran out of decent camera light 5 minutes before closing time so I had already sent the camera down. I was actually hooking my bow up to my pull-up rope when I looked and there he was staring at me at 25yds, busted, and the hunter vs. prey game started. The stare down begins and I avoided making eye contact. It lasted a few minutes the whole time my cold frozen bow was in my right hand which had already been exposed to the weather while sending my camera gear down. My stub middle finger was already starting to throb and he started to circle to get down wind. Big mistake! He went behind a tree and I unhooked my bow. He went behind another tree and I switched the bow to my left bow hand. He paused behind another cluster of trees and I nocked an arrow and then struggled with my right frozen hand to get my release hooked up. He starts to step out from behind the cluster of tree and I draw and make the shot. I knew I was never going to see that buck there ever again as he was going to bust me for good. It was a hard to choice to make not shooting him on film, but I will never forget what went down.
Location: OregonBerrrr, it looks cold!!!!
Great job on a great buck.
I loved the story, sorry bout you not getting him on film but he will always be
in your mind for you to enjoy the play back for your self.Treat others as you wish to be treated
Location: Upstate NYFilmed or not, you just plain deserved that buck. Congrats!!Duane congrats! That’s a great photo especially if you consider how cold it was.
Great story and that’s a cold hunt. I would have maybe hunted out of the wind by moving into a blind. I hate freezing in a tree stand.Congrats on a fine buck! Way to brave the cold. What bow did you use?
Congrats on a fine buck! Way to brave the cold. What bow did you use?
Black CreedAwesome buck! Congrats!2009 Reezen 6.5 camo/black | 2012 Helim camo | 2012 Z9 black | 2013 MR7 camo | 2014 Chill R tactical | Used Ovation camo/black
Joined: 11/27/2008Congratulations on an awesome buck and story!
Location: Ontario, CanadaCongratulations on both the buck and the story.We've taken far too many pucks in the head.
Joined: 8/4/2004Great buck!
Location: OregonSuch a great story and picture……
Makes me want to get right to the gutting process so I can warm up my hands!!!…lol!….
Congrats on a great deer and memory!!!!!>>>>--Shoot Straight-->An 8-point during the Polar Vortex … Wow. … Congratulations.
I guess there was no worry about meat spoilage.
Location: Oregonfor braving the figid weather when most would not, you paid the price for a GREAT buck
I bet you had a warm fire when you got that beauty home.
loved the story and the picture, Duane
Shootertreat other as you wish to be treatedPut the tape to him yesterday. I was guessing 137. He grossed 140 3/8ths and netted 135 6/8ths.
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