photo of a deer killed by Jon Phillipsphoto of a deer killed by Jon Phillipsphoto of a deer killed by Jon Phillips

Hunter: Jon Phillips

Points: 8 (4L, 4R)

County: Madison

Season: 2018-2019 (Week 1)

Hunt Story

So I was hunting on my father's rural property in Hull, GA (Madison County). He has a couple of persimmon trees in his small field. I was wearing my full ghillie suit and posted up in the middle of a blueberry bush near the persimmon trees. It was about to get dark, and I had already stopped hunting and started packing up, then I heard something. I looked up and there were two nice bucks standing under the persimmon tree that was closest to me eating persimmons. I slowly raised me old bow and decided to take a shot on one of the bucks. When I let the arrow go, it struck one of the blueberry limbs and hit the deer toward the back (in the hip). The deer jumped and ran about 50 yards and stopped. I watched the deer as long as I could before it got dark, but he just simply walked off. I figured I had struck the deer in the gut. I sat there for about 30 minutes to wait for the deer to expire. Then I got all my flashlights out and started tracking the deer. I found blood that resembled a gut shot deer and got really worried. I made the decision to back out and come back the next morning to look for the deer. I did just exactly that. When I got back the next morning after a good bit of searching for blood trail I decided to simply look for the deer. Luckily I walked up on the deer only 40 yards into the woods. The back end of the deer had been eaten off by coyotes over that single night.
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