Hunter: Frank Vaughn
Points: 8 (4L, 4R)
This was the first time I hunted this land. There was a large buck that was seen by the landowner. I’ve found the best chance of killing a deer is the first time the land has been hunted. Around 9:30 a nice buck approached, I stood up to shoot, but noticed he had two broken horns so I passed up on this one. I said to myself “there has to be one in here just as big.” I decided not to get out of the tree. Around 3:30 a large buck came walking down the trail. I couldn’t get a clear shot at 30 yards. I let him walk on. Five minutes later, he came in from a different trail with his head moving up and down on the prowl for does. I took at 12-yard shot. I watched the deer run off, fall at 40 yards, and turn upside down. It was a perfect lung and heart shot. I called my family friends, the Butlers, to help me get the deer out of the woods, and I waited for them to arrive. Our family tradition is to wait until our hunting buddies arrive before recovering the deer even if we see it fall or crash. The best part of the hunt is walking up to the deer together.