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Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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Finally got one

Decided to hit the woods on base in an area a friend said was great for night hunts. We’ll see about that one.

Hit the road from home at 2pm, checked out my hunting zone and was parked and headed for my area by 3:30. I made it about 30y from my truck when I was greeted by 2 fox whome ran within 10 feet of me before getting the heck outa Dodge. Lucky for them I didn’t have my release on. Was a really nice long nearly half mile walk to the area and tree I’d park my rear onto for the rest of the night. Got all set and ready around 4:20, 18’ feet up in a tree that made every attempt to rock me to sleep swaying gently in the wind. Nearly happened a couple times but I won that fight. Around 6:30 I seen 3 deer just appear in a field some 300y out in front of me. I had my bow camera and decided to film them a bit. Knowing they wasn’t gonna come my way and hardly any shooting light left I decided to break out the grunt tube and doe can. I started going to town on them when next thing I know I have more deer around me than I could count. Actually it was in the 30’s. Alota does, yearlings, several spikes and a couple spike/ forky combo’s. Nothing to get all shook up about. YA RIGHT!!!!!! I ain’t taken a deer with a bow MUCH LESS a whitetail in 10 years. Needless to say I had my camera ON but NOT RECORDING NOW. I stand and can hardly do so with so many deer around. I had one walk to about 12y I’d say and quarter away to my left. I drew and held, and at this time my legs are shaking so bad and the low light its hard to focus through my peep. I moved to stable myself and just as I was about to release I managed to knock my bino’s against my stand. The deer turned as I released. I heard the hallow THUMP and it started rocking side to side and its but hit the deck. I knocked another arrow as it turned around toward me. I drew and sent arrow 2 on its way. It was too much of a straight on shot to have taken but I wanted to put it down and for good. The arrow passed through the right ear and into the chest. The deer fell dead on over. I climbed down went to check out my FIRST VA DEER and I don’t care that it was a button buck (sorry Neal I told ya it was a doe). When I dressed it I had left the second arrow in it. The arrow passed through the hart. The first was a bit far back and hit ponch, liver, and right lung with pass through.
I was so EXCITED I called my wife and NEAL (the guy who told me about this area) to tell’m thanks for all his advice on good areas to hunt on base.
I loaded my stand on my back and picked up my bow and turned to grab my deer when I herd a bark and looked up to find 3 fox standing next to the gut pile no more than 10 feet away. I grabbed my deer and beat feet for my truck. I tell ya it was an even LONGER WALK BACK to my truck and in the dark. I was in about the same area I seen the 2 fox on my way in when I seen another one run outa the brush and down along the fence line.
Took my deer to get weighed and checked in at the base warden office. They take a jaw bone for stat’s which I didn’t know about. Well I got it up on the scale, small at only 56 pounds, and the others there checking in deer looked at mine like it and I was nothing and no one. 6 other deer where taken as well. 6 does and a nice 8 point.
Have to got get it from the freezer tomorrow so I can make jurkey meat out of it. Gonna butcher it up myself.

Now lets see what the rest of the season has in store. Will hold out for a mature doe and buck from here on out.

Ok here are a couple pics.

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Re: Finally got one
Bullbuster wrote:
Decided to hit the woods on base in an area a friend said was great for night hunts. We’ll see about that one.

Hit the road from home at 2pm, checked out my hunting zone and was parked and headed for my area by 3:30. I made it about 30y from my truck when I was greeted by 2 fox whome ran within 10 feet of me before getting the heck outa Dodge. Lucky for them I didn’t have my release on. Was a really nice long nearly half mile walk to the area and tree I’d park my rear onto for the rest of the night. Got all set and ready around 4:20, 18’ feet up in a tree that made every attempt to rock me to sleep swaying gently in the wind. Nearly happened a couple times but I won that fight. Around 6:30 I seen 3 deer just appear in a field some 300y out in front of me. I had my bow camera and decided to film them a bit. Knowing they wasn’t gonna come my way and hardly any shooting light left I decided to break out the grunt tube and doe can. I started going to town on them when next thing I know I have more deer around me than I could count. Actually it was in the 30’s. Alota does, yearlings, several spikes and a couple spike/ forky combo’s. Nothing to get all shook up about. YA RIGHT!!!!!! I ain’t taken a deer with a bow MUCH LESS a whitetail in 10 years. Needless to say I had my camera ON but NOT RECORDING NOW. I stand and can hardly do so with so many deer around. I had one walk to about 12y I’d say and quarter away to my left. I drew and held, and at this time my legs are shaking so bad and the low light its hard to focus through my peep. I moved to stable myself and just as I was about to release I managed to knock my bino’s against my stand. The deer turned as I released. I heard the hallow THUMP and it started rocking side to side and its but hit the deck. I knocked another arrow as it turned around toward me. I drew and sent arrow 2 on its way. It was too much of a straight on shot to have taken but I wanted to put it down and for good. The arrow passed through the right ear and into the chest. The deer fell dead on over. I climbed down went to check out my FIRST VA DEER and I don’t care that it was a button buck (sorry Neal I told ya it was a doe). When I dressed it I had left the second arrow in it. The arrow passed through the hart. The first was a bit far back and hit ponch, liver, and right lung with pass through.
I was so EXCITED I called my wife and NEAL (the guy who told me about this area) to tell’m thanks for all his advice on good areas to hunt on base.
I loaded my stand on my back and picked up my bow and turned to grab my deer when I herd a bark and looked up to find 3 fox standing next to the gut pile no more than 10 feet away. I grabbed my deer and beat feet for my truck. I tell ya it was an even LONGER WALK BACK to my truck and in the dark. I was in about the same area I seen the 2 fox on my way in when I seen another one run outa the brush and down along the fence line.
Took my deer to get weighed and checked in at the base warden office. They take a jaw bone for stat’s which I didn’t know about. Well I got it up on the scale, small at only 56 pounds, and the others there checking in deer looked at mine like it and I was nothing and no one. 6 other deer where taken as well. 6 does and a nice 8 point.
Have to got get it from the freezer tomorrow so I can make jurkey meat out of it. Gonna butcher it up myself.

Now lets see what the rest of the season has in store. Will hold out for a mature doe and buck from here on out.

Ok here are a couple pics.

....Dam !!!! you shot Bambie Oops! Might make a good dinner couple a carrots and an onion

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Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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Finally got one

Ya well after the tender loins, backstrap and a few steaks are cut its gonna become jerkey. Besides ya can't eat the horn's anyway. Seeing as in how its my first deer in VA and first whittail with a bow in 10 years its a trophy to me small or not.

Day 3
Decided to go pick up my deer from last night and bring it home to cut up. Wife says take the 2 kids, as the baby was asleep, so she could study. It was about 4:30 so I get the kids cammo'd up and toss the bow in the truck and figured why not do a little hunting and maybe get a chance for the kids to see some deer. Mind you they are 7 and 3. Daughter (7) has been on dove, duck, pheasant, and quail hunts with me starting at age 3. My son 3 this was his first ever hunting outing. We get to the security office and I find my zone from last night already checked out so I go with the one across the field. We get there and set up along the edge of the field under some bushes about 6:30. Just in time for them to come on out. We wasn't there 2 minuets when I see a ton of them where I shot mine last night about 350y away. Wouldn't ya know it I watched a guy shoot one from the very tree I got mine. Couldn’t miss his orange vest in the tree. I pass the binos off to the kids to look when I see a doe and 2 fawns walk out into the field about 100y to our right. I tell my kids and they start getting restless wanting a better look. My 3 year old (first hunting trip) starts talking loud and I have to put my hand over his mouth and explain yet again to him how to whisper or they will run off. About this time 2 more hefty does and 4 fawns walk on out. We watched them some 15 minutes feeding there way toward us ,all the while, me and my 7 year old (first trip for deer) did all we could to help keep Garrett (3) quiet and still. He was so excited he was busting at the seams. I looked at my watch and was ready to pack it in when my daughter Sydney (7) asked if that was a buck. I look up to see a 6 point about 50y away watching the does. Have no clue where he came from but was about 20y in the field. I told them to stay quiet and still that I was going to try and shoot it if he came any close. I had the setting sun behind him and great light on my pins for a last minute shot. I hit the bleat can to get his attention and he whipped around a walked slowly toward us. At 40y I drew and held for that 30y mark of grass I ranged. I told my kids to stay put and not move an inch I was getting ready to shoot. Wouldn't ya know it just as he crossed the 30y mark my 3 year old blurts out "shoot'm daddy shoot'm". Them deer was gone in a blink of an eye. I let off and looked at him and my daughter has her arms around him with her hand over his mouth. He pry's it off and he says "Why you not shoot'm daddy". Bless his little heart. My daughter says to him "because ya scarred'm by talking when daddy said not to move or talk". He asked if they ran away because of him. I shoulda thought twice before saying "yes" but I was still in shock over his sudden outburst. He got so upset and started to cry. I started to laugh and that didn't help. I mean what do ya do he's 3 and on his first hunting trip. I gave him a hug and said "its ok and I wasn't mad, but now you know why I said to be quiet and not talk". He muffled out a couple I'm sorry daddies. But his heart was so broken. I could tell. Had my daughter carry my bow back to the truck while I gave a piggy back to the truck.
We stopped in at the game office to get my deer like I said before and bless his little heart he kept telling everyone to shoosh or we’d scare the deer away. I had to explain the story a few times so everyone know what the heck he was talking about. They all though it was funny yet gut wrenching for me. But all did agree what can ya do but let him learn from it and know for the next time. His eyes all but popped out of his head looking at the deer the others brought in. Forgot my camera so I couldn’t get a pic of them all cammo’d out. But was a great short hunt anyway.

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Location: NE Kansas
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Finally got one

Great story gettin' the kids out there, and great job on your bow kill. Doesn't matter what size he is , he'll taste real good Thumbs up

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Location: Kingston, MI
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Nothing is better than taking your kids hunting with you. Great story!

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The best hunting stories are the ones with the kids. Great story, and look foward to hearing more of the little mighty hunter. My 4 year old is planning an Elk hunt Laugh . Says he'll take me when he grows up. Also said he is going buy a monster truck for hunting that he'll let me drive.

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Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Joined: 09/15/2006
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How can you argue with hopes and dreams like that.

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Location: north idaho
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Finally got one

I grew up with my dad taking me out hunting. now i take him out.

congrats on the button and the kids.

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Great story and that half spike probably tastes awesome. Thumbs up

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