photo of a deer killed by Howard Hobbyphoto of a deer killed by Howard Hobbyphoto of a deer killed by Howard Hobby

Hunter: Howard Hobby

Points: 8 (4L, 4R)

County: Forsyth

Season: 2020-2021

Hunt Story

Monday morning I woke up about 6 a.m. and gathered my hunting equipment, including cocking the crossbow and putting bolt in. Then I walked the 50 feet from backdoor to hunting blind. When it was light enough to see I started checking my I-phone news, emails and social media. Ten minutes later I looked up and saw a doe coming in, and then noticed a buck in front of her. I immediately got my crossbow ready and switched off the safety, took aim, and "click," a dry fire. Frustrated I took the bolt out, re-cocked the crossbow, replaced the bolt and pressed it all the way in causing the lighted nock to turn on. Again I took aim at the buck's lung area and pulled the trigger - Success! He lurched upwards with the solid "thunk" sound. After he ran off, I saw the bolt laying on the ground. I waited about 30 minutes and then went to examine the bolt. It had blood all over it. I looked for a blood trail, took 2 steps, and the buck jumped up from 50 yards out and tried to run. He stumbled several times and fell. I backed out as quickly as I could and waited about an hour to check on him. I watched him with binoculars for a few minutes, and when I knew he was dead, went to retrieve him. My shot was wide, and I hit him through the liver. At age 67, this was my first buck with archery. I have harvested a few does, but never a buck. After loading him in my truck, I drove to my business and got my son to take some pictures, then to the processor.
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