Hunter: Alan Ervin
Points: 11 (5L, 6R)
At about 8:15 a.m. I watched a nice buck walk out of the fog and stop right in front of my tree. I didn’t draw my bow because I was hoping for a larger buck that had been photographed in the area. The buck turned and was looking at something to my right. A bigger buck had shown up without making a sound. He was broadside, presenting an almost perfect target. I slowly turned the bow toward him, trying not to alarm either deer. As I drew back, he turned and quickly walked away. I looked back at the first buck and he was not alarmed and this gave me hope the larger buck would come back. About 10 minutes later I saw a doe coming toward me. As she got close, the larger buck reappeared and circled around her, stopping in front of my tree. He was facing me, and as he turned I quickly drew back and shot. I saw the arrow hit and not pass through, and instant bleeding, before the deer ran off. I called my brother to come help. After an hour, we began tracking and had a good blood. We found the broken arrow about 30 feet away. It was missing about 2 inches and the broadhead. We kept trailing and, because there was no exit hole, the blood trail quickly stopped. We kept following the route the deer took and found it not far from the last place I saw it. It turned out that it was good shot, passing just above the heart and breaking the upper leg bone in the opposite shoulder. After comparing him to the photograph, I realized it wasn’t the same buck. Now I have great buck to look forward to hunting next year.