Location: In your stand while your at work!Last year on my KS hunt I let a few bucks in the 150 class walk because I saw a 180+ at about 40y and hunted him unsuccessfully for a week then once I decided to take a 150 class the only one I had a chance on in the last couple days of my hunt was broken up so I ate a tag. Go figure!
This year not wanting to eat another tag I decided to take the first 140″ class deer I could.
The stand I choose to hunt the first few days is in a tight thicket with limited view but great travel paths. Lots of activity on these trails that converge at this location so on the first full day this one walked in quickly into this tight area and it looked to be a 140 class to me so I drilled him. I know I had a great shot and he ran to the west into the thick cottonwood trees. I heard him crash so figured he was done. While revisiting the event in my mind I was thinking I just messed up pulling the trigger way too soon. I then saw a deer about the same size come from the area he went into and I was thinking it was him because he was very slow and nervous. I was thinking “No Way” and started questioning my shot… after he walked away I could not stand it and got out and looked at the arrow that was covered in lung blood and just 10’ away the trees were sprayed with blood so I started walking and just 40y away saw him piled up. Thanks to Spits blood was sprayed all over trees… Shot was perfect hit him thru top of heart, and the deer I saw was another deer – thank God!
My hunting partner Doug (Buckshot29) was giving me heck for shooting a small deer so early and I was definitely having shooters remorse badly. In KS you get 1 buck so my 10-day hunt was over and now I basically had 9 days to hunt critters and not disturb the areas for Doug. Over the next several days deer sighting was horrible and we figured it was due to the drought. In SE KS for the last 3 years they have been in a severe drought and everything was burnt up in our area and we figure the deer migrated to river bottoms a few miles away. Never seen our farm in such bad shape. We did plant 2 plots in September and lucky it rained 2 weeks after so these plots actually looked pretty good but just no deer in the area.
One day while on stand an 11 pointer we know came in trying to mate with a doe. He tried about 7 times and finely got her to stand. This all within 10 yard of me so it was an incredible experience to witness this and I did take pics and vid but will not post due to nature… This 11 point we know well but decided to let him grow one more year.
Well after 9 days of hunting and very few deer seen we decided to pack up and leave. On the second to last day Doug decided he was going to take a respectable deer if one came by as long as it was older class deer regardless of rack. He had a nice 4.5yo 9-pt (130 class) figured out so went after him and shot him. He has let a couple deer of this class go previously but they were young and he will NOT shoot a young deer regardless of rack size.
It is always a good hunt and in closing I am happy to have taken the buck I did and due to the lack of deer seen my shooters remorse is all gone! It’s funny how we can get spoiled into thinking a solid P&Y deer of 140″ is small!
More great news – a landowner across the street gave us his 320acres to hunt. This has not been hunted and the owner feeds deer all year long.!!! It pays to be nice to folks.
My 10pt with 2 kickers – 138 4/8″G & 133N
11pt we let go for next year – Same buck I saw mating a doe!
My Buck killing skills are sick – too bad there not contagious!!! Big Bucks are easy - That's why I let them go and shoot little young ones :)
Location: OhioCongrats James All We Do Is SELFILMED
Joined: 6/21/2007We need a team VA in next years contest…..wouldn’t even be fair would it brother???
Congrats on a fine KS buck!You have to be the change you desire to see in the world!
Joined: 1/12/2009Nice…..congratsPSE DNA.........PSE REVOlution.......Breathn built!
Joined: 11/4/2009Good Job James You seem to get it done every yearDoing what we do best Bow hunting Whitetails. Check us out on FB Brathas-Grimm Outdoors.
Joined: 10/14/2006Ya’ll need to stop!!! His head is already big enough!!
Seriously though, that is a heck of a buck, and he couldn’t have went to a more deserving hunter. I think you deserve a much larger deer considering how many people you have helped to harvest large deer, myself included in that group. If it were up to me he would have been the next world record!
Thanks for all you have given back to the sport and congrats on another fine animal
Location: NebraskaTwo very fine deer. Good photos too. Congrats to you both!
Joined: 4/18/2007Sweet buck, James!
Joined: 1/10/2012Awesome buck James!! Congrats, I am glad you are on my team!!
Joined: 11/27/2008Congratulations to the both of you!
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