Hunter: Dwayne Griffin
Points: 10 (5L, 5R)
I got a nice welcome back present to my home state of Georgia today. My wife and I moved back a few months ago after living in the Midwest over 20 years. The hunt: We got a trail-camera picture of this deer three days ago in the middle of the night. The size of his horns got me hunting just a bit harder than I had been. I spent 10.5 hours in the stand on Monday and another 8.5 hours yesterday. I'd been chasing a deer on this tract for several years now when we visited, so I knew chances were slim. Hunting pressure is pretty good on these small tracks in Colquitt County, so you kind of have to wait until they make a mistake. Anyway, the scrapes and rubs were huge in the area so I was sticking to this particular stand. Scrapes on the ground are big as truck hood! I got to the family farm just about daylight. I plan it to walk in where I can just barely see after years of rattling around in the dark and scaring animals off. I got to my old 20-plus-year-old buddy stand and started to climb it, knowing it creaks/squeaks from time to time. I gently turned in the stand, and 175 yards off there was a nice bodied deer feeding. Grab my 7mm mag and put him in the scope. He raised his head and I knew he was a good one! Squeezed the trigger and my morning hunt was over. All in about 30 seconds in the stand. You ever know with deer hunting. Anyway, turned out to be a good hunt. I was in the 1st or 2nd GON Truck-Buck Shoot-Out back in 1993 and won the Hilsman's Big Buck truck that year! It's been over 20 years since I mounted a sizeable buck, but I just think I might mount this one. Thanks GON, love the magazine!