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.