photo of a deer killed by John Quattlebaumphoto of a deer killed by John Quattlebaumphoto of a deer killed by John Quattlebaum

Hunter: John Quattlebaum

Points: 8 (4L, 4R)

County: Bulloch

Season: 2021-2022

Hunt Story

I was hunting with a friend on private property on October 11, 2021. The evening prior we had discussed where we were going to sit on this morning, and with me being undecided, he suggested a spot in some oaks that were adjacent to some planted pines. This spot would work good for the wind direction so I agreed. After getting set up and the sunlight starting to shine I had a fawn with spots come by my setup. Around 8 a.m. a spike buck came through like he was on a mission to get somewhere grunting several times along the way. At 8:40 a.m. my friend sent me a text that said he had just rattled up a big buck but was unable to get a clear shot on it. I decided I would give rattling a try and beat my antlers together for about 30 seconds. As I was hanging the antlers up I saw the buck come out of the planted pines about 40 yards away. He stopped on a little dirt lane dividing the pines and the oaks and looked both ways for just long enough for me to get my bow in my and get the release clipped on the loop. He jumped over an old barbed wire fence and started headed toward my direction at a trot. I said a quick prayer and drew the bow back. The buck crossed in front of me at about 10 yards. Right as he was about to step into an opening where I could shoot I gave him the old deer burp to stop him. He stopped perfect in the opening and I let the arrow fly. He ran off out of sight and I heard the crash maybe 30 seconds later. I decided to wait for a little bit just to be sure he was down. After about 45 minutes I couldn't take it anymore and had to check the spot where I shot him for blood. When my feet hit the ground I could see his white belly about 70 yards away laying dead.
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