I have been bow hunting for whitetail deer since the early 90’s but just have never been able to close the deal. Sometimes I missed and sometimes my arrow would fall off the rest or the deer would see me and spook; why I wasn’t able to close the deal varied, but it all had the same result – no deer.
And then I got selective. I started passing on small bucks holding out for a big one. I held to the old adage that you can’t kill a big buck if you kill a small one. So over the years I had lots of opportunities on sixes and small eights, but in each case I passed.
Then last year I was hunting and while I was able to see some nice deer – shooters for sure, they just didn’t present a shot opportunity. As my hunting morning was coming to a close I saw movement about 150 yards away in the brush. It was just a quick patch of brown moving through the thicket but I knew it was a deer. I just didn’t know what sex or size.
I bleated with my Primos doe bleat and waited. The deer, a young seven-point buck showed itself in the pasture on the other side of the brush and it was obvious that he heard my bleat. So I bleated again and he started moving toward me. At about 100 yards, I gave the buck one more bleat and he picked up his pace heading right toward me.
That is when I had a heart to heart talk with myself. Man, I thought, you’ve not shot a buck with a bow and now is your chance. But he is too small I countered. Yeah, but he’d be the biggest deer with a bow that you’ve ever taken. Back and forth I went as the deer moved closer.
Finally I decided I needed to get a buck with the bow; get one under my belt and then I can be more selective. When he closed the distance to 20 yards looking for the doe I aimed my Mathews Switchback and let loose the Rage 2-blade broad head. It was a perfect shot.
I waited a bit and began tracking him. The blood trail was easy to follow and I found him a short distance away. I did it. I finally got a buck with my bow. He wasn’t a huge deer, but he was the biggest buck to date that I got bow hunting so he was a trophy for me. Plus, he was meat in the freezer.
I think I made the right decision about taking him even though he wasn’t very big. I am back to being selective but I now know I can close the deal and I think that confidence will help me get the big buck when or if I see one this season.
The other thing about this hunt is that it was the first time I used a mechanical broad head and it performed admirably. I posted a picture of the entrance wound so you can see what the Rage 2-blade is can do to a deer. Warning though, it is graphic.
I was able to tune my bow with fixed-blade broad heads but there was always a slight difference in elevation between the broad head and the field point. With the mechanical the point of impact is identical and I like that I can shoot field point in practice knowing that my broad head will hit at the same point.