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My Time in the Woods

PhotoBy Billy Kizziah

-- The rut on was on in the Corners. I hunt near where the boundary lines for three counties meet; Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Fayette counties located in west Alabama. My property is located just inside Fayette County in a community called Ashcraft Corners.

I have hunted the property for years and harvested several deer. I took an 8-point buck several years ago that I thought was the pinnacle of my hunting experiences. However, all that was going to change on the afternoon of Jan. 5, 2007.

I had constructed a shooting house between two trees, which overlooked a food plot. The shooting house had been in place for five years. I made the shooting house as comfortable as possible since I was retired and knew I was going to spend a lot of time in it. I insulated the walls, installed a comfortable chair and sliding windows. I wanted it to be relaxing because you never know when you might have to check your eyelids for leaks.

The morning of the 5th around 6 a.m., I arrived at the shooting house and settled in. Shortly thereafter, I managed to see two does. In Alabama we are allowed to harvest one doe a day during the season. I knew the rut was in full swing and decided to let the does feed.

I left around noon to grab a sandwich and visit my cousin, Red. I returned around 2:30 p.m. to the shooting house. The weather had been fairly warm for this time of the year, and I kind of expected the afternoon to go by slow.

Around 4:30 p.m. I was looking out the front window, when I spotted a deer walking across the corner of the food plot approximately 200 yards away. I had very little time to react. The deer had crossed at such an angle I could not shoot out the front window. I had to place myself and the rifle out the left side window. (I am a right-handed shooter). I positioned the rifle down the side of the shooting house wall for support. I got the deer in the scope and fired. The deer went down immediately.

The rack has a 20-inch inside spread with a few of the tines measuring over 13 inches long. I got home around 10:30 p.m. that night tired but certainly on cloud nine. 

Billy Kizziah
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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