I Shoot Mathews

Best buck to date
Location: Jackson County WIBow Model: SwitchbackAlbum: Whitetail & Mule DeerAnimal Harvested or Shoot Type: Whitetail

Best Buck to Date

May 1, 2013 by Ed Mathis

Oct 29th, 2011 started out quiet. It was almost 8:30 a.m. and I hadn’t seen a deer yet, which was unusual for the spot I hunt. I decided to pull out my primos can call and make a few bleats in hopes of sparking a near by buck’s interest. On my 3rd twist of the can, I heard something running towards me form the other side of the hill. I stood and readied my bow, to see this 8 point running down the hill towards me. It’s huge body size told me he was somewhat of a mature deer, so I decided I was going to take him. He stopped at about 18 yards to my left and turned to his left looking for the sweet sound of the bleat he just heard. I released the arrow, and just as I did, he spun to the right. The shot wound up hitting in front of the should instead of behind. I thought the hit should still be decent. The buck ran 50 yards and laid down, only to get up 15 minutes later and walk off. I started to worry about my shot placement. I climbed down, and check the sign. There was really good blood up to where he first laid down. But the blood trailer after he got up, was spotty at best. We followed the trail onto to the neighbors property where we already have permission to track if needed, and wound up jumping the buck. The buck then ran onto another neighbors property, which in turn is Mr Randy McPhearson’s property. We went to Randy’s house, and thankfully he was there. He allowed us permission to follow up the blood trail to recover this deer. We again found the buck bedded but still alive, so I put a slow stalk on him, and placed a clean shot into the heart. The drag out was something else, but well worth the rewards of my best buck yet.I owe a big thanks Randy for letting me follow up that blood trail, and my closet friend Tim Johnston for allowing me to hunt his place and helping me track that buck until recovery.

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