photo of a deer killed by Karl Allenphoto of a deer killed by Karl Allenphoto of a deer killed by Karl Allen

Hunter: Karl Allen

Points: 11 (5L, 6R)

County: Fulton

Season: 2023-2024

Hunt Story

What a challenge! This buck is one of the best I've seen in my eight years of urban hunting. He was definitely my target for the season and this year proved to be my most difficult yet. Lost permission, unreturned calls, land disruption, and unproductive endless conversations seemed to have all odds stacked against me. Then, I made the mistake of letting some people know I was chasing him which only added to the pressure/stress to harvest him. I thought mid-November it would've happened, and it almost did! Twenty-five yards behind a doe, just walking, I anchored, and the arrow hit a limb 8 yards from the deer that I never saw. My arrow went flying and never was retrieved. Despite this disappointment, I put in five vacation days to keep at it but ultimately those days were unsuccessful and my hope began to dwindle. I had to rethink everything, my approach, exit, wind, and strategy. Well, after some restless nights I put together what I believed to be a "great plan." With the use of technology and a quiet Christmas Eve I was set, feed, stalk, and get another opportunity at this dandy buck I called Boone. I planned to hunt this day regardless and on the way to the property my camera triggered and my heart began to race! Could I get there in time, could I execute the shot I've played over in my mind 50x so far? Yes, I could and I did on this still quiet day! It was such a beautiful morning with the birds beginning to chirp and the silence of the woods which he roamed. It was so special to capitalize on the opportunity that I'm still soaking it all in! Very thankful to my family, friends, coworkers, and the Lord for this harvest!
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