Hunter: Bo Wright
Points: 9 (5L, 4R)
I was finally able to close the chapter on a buck we have been having trail-cam pictures, sheds, and encounters with since 2019. A buck with nine lives, a buck we came to call Big Eight. In 2020, he took an arrow once and was missed once by one of our family members. Last year, I had him at 30 yards and sent one just over his back. This year, we had again been getting pictures of Big Eight while feeding throughout the summer, however as opening day grew closer the lack of pictures left us puzzled as to where to hunt him. On September 18th, my brothers-in-law and father-in-law helped me hang a stand where he had daylighted the afternoon before. Five days later, on September 23rd, I got in the stand at around 6:25 pm. I had several deer come in and feed over the next hour. About 7:25 I heard something to my right, and the deer in front of me all looked in that direction. As soon as I saw his split on his left side, I knew it was him. He made his way through the hardwoods and wound up giving me a shot slightly quartering towards me at 22 yards. We tracked him over two creek crossings for over 300 yards before we found where Big Eight had made his final steps. I’m thankful to have been blessed with the opportunity to finally put my hands on such an elusive and resilient animal.