photo of a deer killed by John Sineathphoto of a deer killed by John Sineathphoto of a deer killed by John Sineath

Hunter: John Sineath

Points: 13 (6L, 7R)

County: Lowndes

Season: 2019-2020

Hunt Story

My neighbor and I have watched this deer grow for two years, recovering his left side shed last year. I had photos of the deer in the area all evening and told my wife at 5 a.m. I had to go to the stand, I had a really good shot at this buck this morning. I climbed in at 5:40 a.m., having deer around me within 10 minutes of being settled. Daylight finally arrives just after 7 a.m., late due to the overcast, fog, and front moving in around noon. A button buck and a unique 6-point move through feeding on acorns, surprisingly a few left that haven't rotted due to the lack of rain in our area. At 7:30 he steps out of thicket, circles upwind at 50 yards. It takes almost 2 minutes for him to move 25 yards, what seems like an eternity. I'm talking to myself to calm down, stop breathing heavy, focus... I come to full draw as he stops behind a beech tree. My heart is pounding as I have to wait on him to clear the tree, getting held up because a squirrel jumped in front of him. As he steps broadside to 22 yards, I settle my pin center mass, release watching arrow pierce through both lungs, and collapse with excitement. He runs 50 yards, teeters, then shuffles out of sight crashing through some palmettos. One hour later we walk up to find him and the congratulations ring out. I've just arrowed my largest deer ever!! Making it sweeter, my first deer on my farm I bought three years ago.
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