I killed the buck of a lifetime! I have a lock on stand near a cedar thicket that I normally hunt, but I decided to make just a minor adjustment, and it made all the difference. I took my climber and moved about 30 yards to the other side of the thicket. It was a quiet afternoon and generally the deer move early in this part of the woods, but there was little action til around 4:25-4:30 when a doe came in and worked her way past my stand til she reached the trail I came in on and then she eased back to where she had came from, beginning to circle up behind me. I heard another deer directly behind my tree and stood to get a glimpse through the thicket, but I couldn't tell what it was, when back out to the side of me another deer caught my attention. I could just see part of one of his main beams and a couple of his tines, but it was obvious he was a shooter. He had one thing on his mind-- that first doe. So I found an opening in the direction she was headed and waited for my shot. He stepped into the small opening and I took my shot. He ran back towards my stand and fell 20 yards right in front of me-- That is when I realized I had just shot the buck of a lifetime! When he fell and I saw those horns standing almost 2 feet off the ground-- I went nuts!! I was hunting alone and normally cannot get a cell phone signal, but thank the Good Lord, I was able to reach my good friend Bob, who came to help me get him out of the woods.
This has been a busy year. I pastor a church in Bowling Green, Kentucky and we are building a new Sanctuary. In August we had our 2nd child and life has just been generally hectic and busy. I haven't been able to put the time into hunting that I normally do. I love to bow hunt, but this year have not been able to. I almost stayed home yesterday...but I didn't! I would like to tell you I am good and that this buck didn't have a prayer, but the truth is I am blessed to have been in just the right place at just the right time to have even seen this magnificent animal, much less to have harvested him. He was a typical 12 with a split brow tine that made him a 13. He had a 21 inch inside spread and a green score in the low 160's. He had really nice mass that he carried throughout his main beams. I shot him with a 25-06 at about 60-65 yards on 11-16-04.