2010 was my son, Mitchell's 10th year of deer hunting. He has now shot 5 bucks, all with his bow and 8 doe. One of the doe was with a shotgun and the other 7 was with his bow. I would say 13 deer over a 10 year period isn't too bad since he started as a 13 year old. He took his first deer with his bow his first year. It was a doe. His second year he took a buck with his bow and a doe with his shotgun. That would be the last year we did any gun hunting. In 2004 he shot his biggest buck which was a nice 10 pointer. He shot a nice thick 8 pointer in 2005, and a double main beam 8 point in 2006. He has taken a doe in every year but 2 so far. In 2004, we started to set our goals for mature bucks only. In 07', 08', and 09', Mitchell passed on several immature bucks but was tempted many times.
Mitchell and I were heading out for a morning hunt November 1st, 2010. We were going to our favorite area. Mitchell was hunting in "The Stand" and I was hunting in a stand I hung on an oak ridge right on the edge of a stand of pines. I had taken two nice 8 pointers, a heavy 6 pointer, and several doe form this stand. From "The Stand", Mitchell took all of his previous bucks and several of his does. I have also taken several bucks and does from "The Stand" as well.
The morning was cold, around 25 degrees. We had a nice layer of frost on the ground but the sun was suppose to be shining and it was suppose to heat up to around 40. We arrived to our stands about 45 minutes before the sun came up. I heard some movement around me before the sun came up but not much afterwards. I seen one young doe around 8 AM. Up on the ridge top it was rather windy so I decided to get down and see how Mitchell was doing. Our stands are about 100 yards apart but because of the terrain and the trees we can't see each other. We did text each other a couple of times throughou the morning. I had only seen that one doe nad he said he seen a small buck and a couple of does. When I was close to Mitchell's stand I saw his bow and gear up by the fence but he was nowhere in sight His quiver was missing one arrow so I assumed he at least shot at a deer and he must have been tracking it. After about 5 minutes of yelling for him I finally heard his voice. He was coming from the direction of my stand. He took the high path to my stand and I took the low path to his stand so we just missed each other. When he got back to me he told me his story.
It was right around 9 AM. Mitchell heard movement in front of him and behind him as well. Two doe's were coming from each direction. The day was suddenly heating up. The doe's cleared the area rather quickly. Mitchell decided to do some rattling, grunting, and bleating. After he laid down this sequence he heard some movement off to his left. Within a minute and he seen a fairly large sized deer coming. He then seen antlers with a pretty decent spread. The buck appeared he was going to walk right in front of his stand. Suddenly the buck stopped and made a sharp right turn up the hill. Mitchell had to turn and have his bow ready all in one smooth motion without being caught by the wily buck's peripheral vision. Luckily the buck stopped behind a large oak tree and Mitchell was able to make his move. Mitchell let an arrow fly from 25 yards away broadside. The buck took a few steps and suddenly felt a sharp pain shooting through his lungs. Mitchell watched the buck kick, whirl around, and head back the way he came. The buck went down in a heap 40 yards away. He couldn't exactly see where he went down but he heard him crash.
That brings us back to where we met by the fence. We went down to where he shot the buck. We found the arrow, it looked good and we bagan to track him. The buck had crashed about a 1/2 hour ago so we figured all was well. I got on the blood trail and seen the buck first. Mitchell ran over and grabbed his antlers and we got several nice pictures. When we turned the buck over we seen he had a rather large scrotum. When I was gutting the buck I seen that his intestines had herniated into his scrotum. I don't even know if this buck was able to breed because of this. Maybe he was in alot of pain. We just didn't know. The buck was a 10 pointer. He had a 17" inside spread and his G3 was broken off on his left side. The buck would have scored around 117" if the G3 wouldn't have been busted off so he came in right at 111 1/8". I hope you enjoyed the story and I have included several pictures to go with it. In one of the pictures you will also see the next generation hunter, my Grandson.