I Shoot Mathews

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Location: Carnation, WashingtonAlbum: Antelope, Coues & Blacktail DeerAnimal Harvested or Shoot Type: Blacktail

My Mathews moment

December 27, 2011 by Chris Merritt

Yesterday I was late season hunting an area close to my home with my Mathews LD set at 65 pounds and 65% let-off. I am a finger shooter. While slowly doing a spot and stalk I encountered this 4 x 4 blacktail in the middle of a clearcut. The buck was tucked into some bramble which did not provide for a clean shot. Eventually (well over an hour), I was able to maneuver into a shooting lane. As the buck passsed at about 45 yards I took my shot. Here is the result. The antler spread is 19″. This is the biggest deer I have ever bagged in my 25 years of bow hunting. What really made this day special is what happened next. I called my son, who started bow hunting last year, as I need needed help in packing out the buck. While he was taking my picture I noticed a buck and a doe walking towards us behind my son. I told Seth that if he wanted to shoot a deer all he had to do was slowly nock an arrow and turn around. At first he thought it was a joke, but when I said I was serious he realized I was not joking. Seth had his release in his pocket and his bow strapped to his back. It was quite comical watching him prepare for the shot without spooking the deer. In no time he prepared for the shot and bagged his first deer ever with a bow. Now we had two deer to pack out. We laughed and high fived each other. This was a bonding moment I shall never forget.

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