Hunter: Michael Barnes
Points: 8 (4L, 4R)
On the evening of Sept. 21, me and my Dad decided to hunt a hardwood finger in between two sections of clear-cut on a family friend's piece of property that butted up to our family farm that we had permission to hunt. This finger were four to five white oak acorn trees that were dropping. We decided to set up about 50 yards apart to make sure that if any deer came in, one of us would have a shot. Cameras were showing several good bucks in the area, including the deer wound up taking. I positioned my climber in a white oak tree in some magnolia trees for cover next to a small creek. At approximately 7, I noticed movement to my left and here came a deer coming from the clear-cut. The deer got to about 40 yards, and I realized it was a good buck. I was standing up already, so I grabbed my Mathews Traverse bow. As the deer made his way to a pile of 3-day Harvest I had put out as I got in the tree, the deer made his way to 20 yards. That's when I made my shot. I made a great shot and the deer only ran 30 yards before falling backwards toward us. He fell at approximately 35 yards from my tree. It was at this point that the shakes began. My dad and I were elated, we started hooping and hollering at each other in excitement this was the biggest deer that any of us had seen in person this year I quickly climbed down out of my Summit climber and made my way to him this was the biggest deer I had ever had the opportunity to shoot at, and he fell within sight. To say I was elated and happy would be an understatement. This is what dreams are made of. To top it all off, my dad was able to watch the whole thing go down from me drawing my bow to making the shot and watching the arrow come out the deer as he ran off. This is a hunt that I will remember for the rest of my life.