Hunter: Mark Hamby
Points: 10 (5L, 5R)
I arrived at my property and got settled into my stand around 7:30. (I got my kids ready for school and on the bus.) I had planned to sit through midday if needed, since the buck activity has been wide open lately. I decided to climb an extra 10 feet this morning since I got winded by a nice buck on Halloween. Hurricane Zeta dropped several trees in this area and now the deer are circling high above some blowdown as they enter the hardwoods, putting them up at the same level as me. As I was trimming a few limbs away from my stand, I noticed a big deer and smaller deer filtering through the select cut that bordered the hardwood ridge that I was hunting on. I could only see bits and pieces of them and figured it was an adult doe and fawn, so I kept an eye on them while I trimmed the branches away from my stand. Once they got closer and directly above me, the bigger deer stepped into an opening and raised its head—it was then that I saw it had antlers. I could see a G2, G3, G4 and a main beam that was out even with its nose. I knew this deer was more than good enough for me. I got my suppressed, 300 Blackout carbine propped on the stand and waited for the deer to step out from behind a tree that was blocking his vitals. Once he stepped clear, I shot him in the base of the neck and dropped him in his tracks. I’m so blessed to be able to take a deer like this. God is good.