My 2010 Buck
It was a nice chilly frosty morning and the date was November 3rd. My son had shot his buck November 1st and I was headed out to try and get mine. I was going to our favorite stand which is where my son shot his buck also. We have a few different names for this stand. They are "The Stand", "The Hole", and "The Apple Orchard". This stand has produced many does and several bucks on a yearly basis since 1999. It is our best stand bar none.
I am one of those people that like to get into the stand well before first light. So I headed out and made the hike and was up in the stand about 45 minutes before shooting light. I had heard several deer moving around in the dark but of course as hard as I tried I did not see any of them. Finally first shooting light rolled around and I was not disappointed. I had a nice 6 point come in on a string to my rattling. However, this is a buck I did not want to harvest. He hung around my stand for about 20 minutes checking out each of the locations I laid down some doe scent. This was shortly after 7:30. Then around 8:00 I seen a group of three doe coming through. I was pumped up because I figured there would be a buck coming not too far behind.
The next hour went by rather slow. I tried a couple rattling sequences along with a few grunts, growls, and bleats and didn't get any responses. I tried one more sequence right around 9:00 and this time I wasn't disappointed. Within 5 minutes I heard a deer coming the same way those doe came from. As I watched and waited I seen a rack coming over the rise. At first I wasn't sure if it was a shooter or not. He didn't have a large rack but it was a buck I recognized He was a ( point with a forked bladed brow tine on the right side and we had been watching this buck since he was 1 1/2 years old. He hadn't grown much in rack size since he was a 1 1/2 year old so I decided If I would see this buck this year I would take him out.
He was coming with his nose to the ground at a fairly brisk walk. I knew he would come on the same trail as those doe so I turned to the right and rested my crossbow on the rail of my stand and waited for him to come to my shooting lane. Once the buck got a little closer he began to sniff my scent wicks but I waited for the most opportune time to launch my arrow through his chest. He soon was about to come out from behind the large oak tree from my right. He was at 25 yards broadside and I decided to let the arrow fly. I seen the arrow hit it's mark. The buck kicked and dropped down onto his front legs. He regained his composure then ran like a bolt of lightning up the slight hill.
With the 2 blade Rage on the end of my arrow I knew the damage would be devastating and the buck would not go far. I watched him and when he got to the top of the hill he flipped over backwards and thrashed around for about 30 seconds was done. He went a total of 40 yards. His fate was sealed and my buck tag was filled. We had much larger bucks on our radar but I knew I wanted this buck out of the gene pool so I had myself a nice mature buck that went 210 pounds on the hoof and scored a little over 110".
I immediately texted my son and told him to get out to "The Stand" and help me with my buck. When he got there I told him the story and we walked up to the buck, took a few pictures, then went to work on the buck and brought him home. There are some field shots of this buck in the whitetail forums under the header "Another Ohio Buck Down." Thanks for reading my story. I hope you all enjoyed it and the pictures.