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#3101661 - 12/30/12 04:59 PM Late Season KY Buck
10 Point

Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 4904
Loc: Nashville, TN and Louisville, ...

I'll start this story by saying I haven't killed a buck in KY in 4 years. I did kill a good buck in Indiana last year. I've hunted hard and been very fortunate. I've killed 11 deer (after yesterday's) this year across 2 states. I've passed a lot of bucks, seen some good ones I couldn't close on. And in general had a great season. However, up until yesterday I was buckless. Considering my time has been severly impeeded by doctoral work and a new job, I was really ok with not getting a buck since I had held myself to my personal standards. That being said, I wasn't going to give up.

So about a month ago, I started running cameras over corn a couple of different places. One particular spot showed promise in the form of a couple of nice bucks. The evening before a big rain, I went in and set up a stand in a precarious tree. It was the only one that allowed me to hunt the areas with sign and pictures. I have since dubbed this spot "The Widowmaker" and added a safety line.

I missed the shooters a little over a week ago due to a holiday dinner with friends. We had a great time celebrating the season, but when I was getting picture texts of the deer it was sickening. Anyways, I did note the wind direction, weather, and temps. Yesterday duplicated these variables. After a couple of practice shots at the house due to anticipated longer than usual ranges, I got in the stand extra early (1:00) to make sure I didn't bump anything. Here is the view from my stand:

Around 5:35 I spotted a buck entering the highline. I looked at him once, and knew he wasn't one of the shooters I had on camera. By the time I evaluated if I wanted to shoot him he was through my first opening. However, he quickly moved into feed at 41 yards. I had to sit down to get in the C shaped opening you see in the above image. Just getting the shot was challenging. My eyes were watering and the peep has snow particles in it intially. However, once I hit full draw everything felt great. I settled the pin on his heart and the shot broke natural. He ran by the stand at about 20 yards and I could see the arrow hanging out out off side about mid-body. Considering he was slightly quartering towards me I felt confident in the shot.

Since it was cold and snow was on the ground I left him over night. Me and two buddies went in this morning and found him in short order. The shot was better than I thought (lungs and liver). We didn't break stride and found him piled up in a dozer trail we could drive an ATV to in about 5 minutes. Overall, it has been a fantastic season and I am very happy with this deer. Hard to tell in the pic but he has really good mass and main beams. We measured him out to 129.5" even with the weak right g3.

Compulsary Hanging Shed Shot:

Edited by BowGuy84 (12/30/12 05:01 PM)

#3101675 - 12/30/12 05:05 PM Re: Late Season KY Buck [Re: BowGuy84]
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Bambi Killa

Registered: 11/19/99
Posts: 4106600
Loc: TN

Congrats man, nice buck.
Youth is wasted on the young.

#3101677 - 12/30/12 05:06 PM Re: Late Season KY Buck [Re: BowGuy84]
hunter drew
14 Point

Registered: 06/16/07
Posts: 8825
Loc: henderson county TN Lexington

Awesome man. That's when you know you paid your dues right there To get one in the late season bowhunting. Congrats on a fine buck
If you look real close "you will see a tree stand in my family tree"

#3101680 - 12/30/12 05:07 PM Re: Late Season KY Buck [Re: BowGuy84]
CBU93 Moderator
14 Point

Registered: 10/19/00
Posts: 8490
Loc: Germantown, TN

That is awesome dude! Proud for ya!
#3101694 - 12/30/12 05:14 PM Re: Late Season KY Buck [Re: CBU93]
12 Point

Registered: 09/26/02
Posts: 5799
Loc: Franklin County

Nice buck, glad to see someone else wears their Crocs after taking their hunting boots off.LOL.... Everyone around our camp makes fun of my Crocs.

#3101714 - 12/30/12 05:29 PM Re: Late Season KY Buck [Re: BowGuy84]
4 Point

Registered: 10/22/08
Posts: 399
Loc: Rock Island

Awesome buck! The shoes...come on man!

#3101772 - 12/30/12 06:11 PM Re: Late Season KY Buck [Re: recurve60#]
6 Point

Registered: 01/20/12
Posts: 674
Loc: Dickson, TN

Nice Buck!!!!
Crocs are the most versatile shoe ever made!!! You an wear them anytime, anywhere with anything and there cool!!!

Edited by lpo1981 (12/30/12 06:12 PM)

#3101816 - 12/30/12 06:35 PM Re: Late Season KY Buck [Re: lpo1981]
Football Hunter

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 25536
Loc: Wilson Co/Perry Co

Way to go! Are those crocs pink? \:\)
The best day to plant a tree,IS TODAY!

You wont know,if you dont go!

#3101819 - 12/30/12 06:37 PM Re: Late Season KY Buck [Re: Football Hunter]
16 Point

Registered: 11/12/10
Posts: 12924

#3102048 - 12/30/12 08:27 PM Re: Late Season KY Buck [Re: Football Hunter]
Bone Collector
14 Point

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 9646
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
Way to go! Are those crocs pink? \:\)

That us what i was wondering? Congrats on a great buck!
Semper Fidelis!

“There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
General James Mattis

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