By Jimmy Rhodus
-- In late July 2007, my daughter and I started watching a drop-tined buck near an apple orchard. We glassed the buck at least once or twice a week for the next month. When September rolled around, I had my Mathews bow dialed in and ready to go. The first two weeks of bow season were really hot, so I waited until it started to cool down to hunt this buck.
On Sept. 11, my daughter and I put out a trail camera, and we got pictures of the buck coming into the apple orchard around 7:20 p.m. The hunt for this buck was on! I tried to take this buck for the next five days, but it just was not in the cards.
Then, on Sept. 17, I had to work late. I rushed home, took a shower and made it to my stand by 6 p.m. About an hour later, I saw several does move into the field and begin to eat some very small apples that had fallen off the trees.
At 7:20 p.m., the buck came into the field like clockwork! When I saw its massive set of antlers coming across the field, I didn't need any binoculars to know that it was the drop-tined buck. Instead of looking at its antlers, I decided to close my eyes and take a couple of deep breaths. Eventually, the buck presented me with a 42-yard shot. I took aim and let the arrow fly. It was a good hit.
The buck turned and ran out of sight. I was uncertain of where the arrow hit. After I regained my composure, I went to my truck and made some phone calls. I gave the buck about 20 minutes to settle down. Knowing that I was running out of light, one of my friends arrived, and we started tracking its trail, which led us straight to the buck. It was lying 40 yards inside a wood line. What a buck!
Needless to say, my 2007 hunting season ended early, but what a great season it was! Now I'm concentrating on a 150-class 10-pointer for my daughter, and I hope her season will be a success.
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