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Hunter: John Rowell

Points: 11 (6L, 5R)

County: Walton

Season: 2022-2023

Hunt Story

Harvested on 10/30/2022 at 6:30 PM Cold, Overcast, Rainy, 56 *F, & East wind of 7 MPH. Passed this Buck on numerous hunts in the same location during the 2021 season as a 3 year old (2 years of history with this Buck). Hunt started with 2 doe appearing on the far side of a field. They proceed to enter and began to feed in the middle of the field. Five minutes later, a Buck comes running out from the opposite end of the field towards the direction of the 2 doe. As the Buck runs over, the 2 doe trot off to the edge of the wood line they initially came from & come to a stop. Once the buck reached the same spot the doe were feeding in centerfield, he abandoned his chase to feed and scent check the immediate area (nose angled to the sky). Meanwhile I am 70 yards away taking in all the action & trying to identify the deer in the rain through my foggy scope. After watching the buck feed for a few minutes, I reached the conclusion that I was not familiar with the buck from this season’s summer/fall trail cam pics. He proceeded to walk 20 yards closer to me before I decided to make a shot. He dropped on the spot. Before the recovery I was still not sure where this buck came from and if I had any previous history with him. However, upon recovery I immediately recognized the Buck from the previous season (2021) despite not having any trail cam pics during 2022. I am truly blessed and very thankful to harvest this buck and share the moment with the people that mean the most to me. Without them, none of this would be possible. This is experience the result of multiple years of hard work, patience, and allowing wildlife the chance to express their full growth potential.
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