Hunter: Noah Brown
Points: 10 (5L, 5R)
I was hunting an area where several trails intersect, where a large scrape has consistently been established and visited by numerous bucks over the last few seasons. From our trail-camera images we had seen this buck in this area several times over the last few weeks, mostly at night, but a few times recently in daylight at dawn and dusk. We had placed a stand in the area during the summer, and I hunted it twice a few days the week prior to the successful hunt, but he did not show up during daylight on those hunts. We decided to give it another try the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 13th, even though the forecast was calling for a high chance of rain. The wind direction was good, so I got into the stand about 4:30 p.m. Several does came by and then several small groups of wild hogs. About 6:30, the wind picked up some as thunderstorms started to move into the area, and I thought the hunt might be over. Luckily the rain held off, and just before 7:00, a small 8-point came by, and then I could see another buck coming behind him. It was the 10-point I was after. He walked right in to work the scrape, but he was facing head on, not presenting a good shot. He finally turned broadside at about 25 yards, and I was able to put an arrow through both lungs. He took off and ran out of sight into a dense palmetto thicket. I called my dad and brother, as they were also hunting on the other side of the property, and they immediately came to help me. By the time they got to me it was dark and starting to rain, and we were afraid the blood trail might wash out soon, so we had to hurry. Fortunately there was a steady blood trail, and we recovered the buck within about 125 yards. I was thrilled to get such a nice buck with my bow, definitely my best so far.