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Location: Washington, PABow Model: Switchback XTAlbum: Whitetail & Mule DeerAnimal Harvested or Shoot Type: Whitetail

The Pryor Buck

October 1, 2012 by Shawn McMinn

On opening day of the 2012 PA archery season, I entered my tree stand for an evening hunt on my girlfriend’s grandfather’s farm. An avid sportsman himself, her grandfather was unable to hunt this year at the age 85 due to his health. However, he was still able to do some scouting from his truck. During the late summer, the buck made a few appearances and he hoped I would have an opportunity to harvest this buck during the upcoming bow season. That evening, I caught a glimpse of him at 80 yards and was unable to get a shot at him. Leaving the stand that evening disappointed, I hoped there would be another chance to get this trophy buck. So on the second day I rushed home from work and into my stand. Like clockwork, I saw him again with another buck. But this time, he came in at 32 yards. With shaky hands, I pulled my bow back and missed. I thought my chances of surprising him with this buck were over. To my disbelief he ran about 8 yards and turned and looked back. I knocked another arrow, drew back and calmed my nerves and took a shot at 40 yards with my Switchback XT. The perfect shot was made and the largest buck to date was harvested from the Pryor Farm. He ran about 50 yards and laid directly in front on my in the brush. With dark skies approaching, I texted my girlfriend to let her know I got him and to get a hold of her grandfather because I wanted him to be a part of this excitement. Unfortunately, he was attending dinner and a musical concert. A few days later, he was able to see and touch the massive rack and was so proud of my accomplishments. P & Y Green Score-145 and Safari Club-160. Thank you Matthew, Inc. for a great bow and a great opportunity to share this special moment with him.

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