photo of a deer killed by Chase Hemphillphoto of a deer killed by Chase Hemphillphoto of a deer killed by Chase Hemphill

Hunter: Chase Hemphill

Points: 13 (7L, 6R)

County: Lumpkin

Season: 2019-2020

Hunt Story

I found this buck's rub line in 2018, saplings the size of a quarter either twisted in a knot at the top of the ground or broke off at the ground. After waiting a year for this hunt, I came back to the same ridge where I had found the rubs in 2018 and found more of the same only fresh and more abundant. I took a vacation day at work and made the approximately 2-mile walk extra early to be certain no one got there before me. The morning was cold windy and slow at best. About 9:15 a.m. a doe came walking in from behind me. I watched her for a moment wondering why she didn’t have a buck with her. She fed around in front of me, stopped looked back and grunted; then I heard something walking behind me in the leaves followed by a three hard grunts. As I tried to turn to look, he came crashing in on my left at less than 10 yards heading straight for the doe. All the while I’m trying to pick my jaw off the floor and remember what I’m supposed to be doing. When I got rifle shouldered I mouth grunted loudly, the buck stopped, I took the shot and the rest is history
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