photo of a deer killed by Matthew Stephensphoto of a deer killed by Matthew Stephensphoto of a deer killed by Matthew Stephens

Hunter: Matthew Stephens

Points: 8 (4L, 4R)

County: Barrow

Season: 2021-2022

Hunt Story

Three weeks ago today I planted my food plot. I always asked my best friend for advice in what and when I should plant. He was admitted to the hospital the week prior to me planting it, and as we always would do we would text back and forth. I texted him that Sunday and told him that I had just finished planting the food plot and sent him pictures, like I always would. He assured me it was going to be great. The next day he passed away from complications of covid-19. The last thing we talked about was this food plot. I hunted it opening morning, evening, and this Sunday morning. This buck was at the stand before daylight Saturday morning and came in right before dark Saturday evening. I didn’t have a shot that I felt comfortable taking and then had a doe start blowing and spooked everything off. I had debated on rather or not to hunt this morning, but I really wanted to harvest a buck opening weekend in the food plot in memory of my best friend. It was bitter sweet when this buck showed up at about 7:30 a.m. He took what seemed like a lifetime for him to make his way to the food plot. Once he got about 22 yards and started quartering away I took my shot. I had a bolt specially marked with his name on it and waited for this very moment. The buck ran about 25-30 yards. It’s a hunt that I will never forget and a buck I’ll cherish the rest of my life.
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