I Shoot Mathews

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Location: southern UtahAlbum: Whitetail & Mule DeerAnimal Harvested or Shoot Type: Mule Deer

Aspen surprise

August 20, 2003 by Andrew Ward

I was hunting with my Dad who is 71 years old. We were sitting in a ground blind all morning with no action. I told my Dad to go up the hill to the top of the aspens and I would try to push some deer up the aspens to him. As I entered the aspens I jumped a doe and she ran down the hill. I waited a few minutes and started up the hill. I was sneeking as quietly as I could. Much to my surprise I saw some big antlers about 40 yards away coming toward me. I then realized that I was on the same trail he was using. I stepped a few feet off the trail. I was so nervous I was shaking in my boots. I hoped the buck would stop or turn broadside. He finally stopped about 10 yards away from me with a bush seperating me from him I drew back my Mathews Z-Max bow. As I did this I saw his rack turn to look straight at me. I was now shaking so bad from nerves and holding the bow at full draw for what seemed like an eternity. Just when I thought I had to let down he turned his giant rack and stepped out quarting away from me. I remember my top pin settled in on his last rib and then the arrow dissapered thur the buck so fast it sounded like I hit a hollow barrel. The deer went 20 yards and tipped over dead in less than 10 seconds. I hollered to my Dad. I put my arrow inside his giant rack and said this deer is over 30 inches wide. Its official Pope and Young score is 168 4/8. and was 32 inches wide.

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