Hunter: Huston Hadden
Points: 15 (7L, 8R)
This was my first sit in the stand that I had missed this buck on the second day of rifle season last year. I got in the stand around 5:30 Sunday afternoon, and I saw the first couple of does around 6:00. It was not long after when I heard a young buck grunt in the woods behind me. Some time passed and a few other does started to filter into the clearcut at about 50 yards. The does fed on some white oak acorns on the edge of the clearcut for a few minutes until walking out into the clearcut. I heard a very loud, deep grunt in the woods behind me. I did a short grunting sequence after I heard him grunt. I could see a deer making a scrape in the woods behind me but could not tell exactly what he was. He seemed to disappear, and I could no longer see him. After a few minutes, I turned back and was looking at some does in the clearcut, when I heard something behind me. The beast had walked out into the edge of the clearcut and was presenting me with a perfect shot. I immediately put the crosshairs on him and took the shot. He lunged forward into brush were I could no longer see him, but I knew I heard him crash. I called my dad, and he told me just to sit still and wait for him to get there. After what seemed like forever, he arrived at my stand. I pointed him in the direction to where the buck was standing and as soon as he got the spot he told me to get down that I had killed him. The celebration began there.