I posted earlier about my first whitetail but decided to tell the whole story. After years of thinking about it I finally decided to book a hunt for whitetail in Texas. After months of searching the internet for a good deal I booked a 3 day management hunt in Childress Texas. This would be a first whitetail hunt for my son and I and a return for my dad after 25 years.
We arrived in Childress the night before and called the ranch to start our hunt the next morning. After arriving in the dark and shaking hands we were off and hunting. This was all new for me as I am not used to sitting in a stand for 4 hours and just waiting. I saw a lot of deer the first morning including some great mulie bucks but nothing more than a 6 point whitetail.
Arrived back at camp to find out my dad had taken a small 8 point and my son had missed one after a bad buck fever attack.
Four hours later we were back out sitting and waiting again. A lot of the same deer from that morning came and went and I was finally rewarded with a shot right at dark. I fired at a ranged 200 yards and watched as the buck ran straight at us on wobbly legs indicating a solid hit but turned and disappeared into the brush about 75 yards out. After waiting 15 minutes we went down to look for him. I spotted him still standing and fired one more shot as he turned and ran.
At this point it got dark and we were unable to find a good enough blood trail to follow in the dark and decided to let him lay up till morning. That was one of the longest nights of my life for sure thinking I had made a bad shot and might lose him.
There was nothing to worry about however as in the daylight we found him only another 100 away down the same trail he had been on the night before. That was the hardest hit deer I have seen and still be able to run almost 200 yards from the time of the first shot. I had hit him quartering on both sides and literally xed his body front to back. My 160gr triple shocks had done a great job he just didn't go down. This is the first deer I have ever had go more than 10 yards after a shot.
My son got his the next night but unfortunately shot a mulie by mistake. At least it was in season so all was okay he was just a little upset not getting a whitetail like the rest of us. But as a result we are going back next year to try again and get to hunt hogs for 3 days first and get to hunt opening day instead of a month later for the same price.
We got this deal because he had a guide with him that thought it was a whitetail because of a broken horn and gave him the go signal to shoot.
All in all it was a great trip for a 3 generation hunt.
My dad would be the one on the right in the picture.