By Brian Branham
-- I had a feeling it would be a good day because it had rained all morning and afternoon while I was at work. There was a cold front about to move through the area. Even a slight drop in the temperature would have the deer moving.
I made it to my spot after work and saw a spike come in about 6:15 and then a small forkhorn at 6:30. The deer left the field around seven. The evening was really still until 7:15 when two big bucks jumped the fence and were within 15 yards of me.
No matter how badly I wanted to turn my camera on and film the bucks, I just couldn't take the chance. They were already on high alert, and even though they couldn't see me, they knew something wasn't right the whole time they were there. They never took their eyes off that tent even when they dropped their heads to feed. I still don't know why they hung around so long.
I would have been proud to take either buck. They finally settled just a bit and turned there attention to something over the hill for just a second. This gave me time to pick up my bow. Time slowed down and the minutes were like hours. Neither would give me the opportunity to take a good shot. Both kept their bodies pointed straight at me. By now, my arms and legs were shaking. I had never had this problem before taking a shot.
I knew I had to settle down or it was all over and fast. A couple minutes past and I was back in the game, calm as a cucumber. At 7:44, one of the bucks finally walked behind a tree. I had my chance to draw and shoot as the buck walked out from behind the tree. As I drew I kept my finger under the arrow to keep it silent. When I set it down on the rest, it barely made a sound, but the buck heard it. He was standing at around 12 yards away looking straight at me again. It appeared that the bucks were ready to bolt.
The one buck kind of squatted down and gave me a side look and head circle that a doe usually does. I saw my opening. I took the shot, and the arrow found its mark.
I'm not sure what the buck weighed, but it had to be over 200 pounds. It had 15 scorable points and a 21-inch spread.
Catlettsburg , Kentucky
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