photo of a deer killed by Matthew Burnettephoto of a deer killed by Matthew Burnettephoto of a deer killed by Matthew Burnette

Hunter: Matthew Burnette

Points: 8 (4L, 4R)

County: Oconee

Season: 2018-2019

Hunt Story

After hearing what sounded like a deer rubbing trees at first light, I heard the sound again about 7:20 a.m. After trying to decide if it was a squirrel or not, I saw the turning of antlers through the thick hardwood limbs. After slow standing and grabbing bow off its metal tree hanger, the deer began to slowly walk down a trail that comes within 10 yards of my stand. He got to a huge red oak, which has survived as a sent tree for the past few years. He stood up on his back legs racking the branches with rack and forehead. This gave me the opportunity to draw. As he checked his work, he took a couple more steps turning broadside. My arrow found its mark. A huge jump and crashing 15-yard run found him down. I couldn’t be happier as a bowhunter. Fast ethical kill with very little suffering. How blessed I am to have an opportunity to harvest an amazing animal and have lean protein for the freezer.
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