Hunter: Jack Young
Points: 12 (6L, 6R)
My first picture of this deer I received on 9-4-2020 at 8 a.m. I was at work and couldn't believe it when it was sent to my phone. He was in some young planted pines maybe 12 year olds, and it was a very thick area and the trees were not tall enough to put a stand up. With some help a friend Michael Malloy who is a wildlife biologist, we looked at some topographical maps and determined where he was traveling and bedding. With some more help from a good friend David Cagle we set up one of his ground blinds in the pine row with a 30-yard shot to where we predicted he would be. We all agreed to stay out of the area until conditions were right, only going in to feed once a week on an electric golf cart and leave. I had a picture of him at 6:30 p.m. on 9-25-20, and the next day I checked my HuntStand app and the wind conditions were perfect, so I decided it was the day to go in. I sat in my blind around 5 p.m., at 6:20 p.m. two bucks came in and I saw a big one behind them. I could see his white face as plain as day and quickly I was a nervous wreck, he stayed behind those bucks just as still as he could be licking his nose and checking for scent. I watched him for about 35 minutes, lots of praying time was spent waiting him out. He went in and out of the thick three times trying to make up his mind what to do, finally he gave me a broadside shot at 40 yards. I did not hesitate one second and drew back the Mathews Switchback bow and watched the arrow hit a perfect lung shot. I couldn't believe what had just happened and immediately called several friends including a Deer Dog because I wasn't taking any chances on not finding this deer in the thick woods. We all got together and went in with FUZZ who is a Texas Lacy, he got on the trail and we recovered the deer in about 30 minutes. I was in the back and all I heard was screams of the gentleman in front of me when they first laid eyes on him. He was already stiff we estimate he had died minutes after the shot. Our club manager taped him a 175 3/8 gross and 160 net, his live weight was 238 pounds. He is currently at Georgia's Best processing and then he will be sent to Trails End Taxidermist.