photo of a deer killed by Doug Chastainphoto of a deer killed by Doug Chastainphoto of a deer killed by Doug Chastain

Hunter: Doug Chastain

Points: 14 (8L, 6R)

County: Stewart

Season: 2018-2019

Hunt Story

I was sitting in a tower stand that is located on an old airstrip. The airstrip is approximately 6/10 mile long and 40 yards wide. It is mowed in certain places to see the deer cross and to provide new growth for deer to browse on. At approximately 7:10 a.m. the buck came out of the planted pine thicket about 275 yards from the stand heading away from me. With my voice I bleated loudly, and the buck stopped, looked over its shoulder toward me, turned and ran down the airstrip toward my stand. When he got to about 175-200 yards, I bleated a second time and he stopped, I shot him looking straight at me hitting him in the lower neck. He buckled but did not drop instantly, I bolted in a second round and shot him broadside through the lungs and he collapsed. I walked down and saw what I thought was going to be a nice 8-point and realized it had more horns than expected. I was surprised to see a 14-point, more points than any other bucks I have killed previously. I also noticed one had broken off at some point, it may have been a 15-point if he was killed earlier in season. I called DNR and reported my kill and wrote down the harvest number on my license.
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