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It was 2 degrees with a wind-chill pushing -25 and it was first strike and he was out on News Year Day. I had been watching this buck on trail camera since November 18th waiting for the right time to make my move. It was cold in the stand on top of the place I call Killer Ridge and I was faced directly into that cold north west wind. My stub right middle finger still hurts and my cheeks still feel leathery and are still swollen. It isn't the first time, it won't be the last time and that's why........I shoot a Mathews! Sorry guys! I didn't get this one film and I feel very upset not being able to share the hunt you guys. The group of bucks he had been traveling with had already went by and he wasn't with them. It was cloudy and extremely overcast and I ran out of decent camera light 5 minutes before closing time so I had already sent the camera down. I was actually hooking my bow up to my pull-up rope when I looked and there he was staring at me at 25yds, busted, and the hunter vs. prey game started. The stare down begins and I avoided making eye contact. It lasted a few minutes the whole time my cold frozen bow was in my right hand which had already been exposed to the weather while sending my camera gear down. My stub middle finger was already starting to throb and he started to circle to get down wind. Big mistake! He went behind a tree and I unhooked my bow. He went behind another tree and I switched the bow to my left bow hand. He paused behind another cluster of trees and I nocked an arrow and then struggled with my right frozen hand to get my release hooked up. He starts to step out from behind the cluster of tree and I draw and make the shot. I knew I was never going to see that buck there ever again as he was going to bust me for good. It was a hard to choice to make not shooting him on film, but I will never forget what went down. Duane
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