photo of a deer killed by Paul Rainphoto of a deer killed by Paul Rainphoto of a deer killed by Paul Rain

Hunter: Paul Rain

Points: 9 (5L, 4R)

County: Lincoln

Season: 2016-2017 (Week 12)

Hunt Story

On Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, I had gone hunting the morning without success. I returned to my weekend place on Clarks Hill, and around 10 a.m. I saw the same five does I had been watching for the last three weeks. I had seen a nice buck in this area a couple of weeks earlier but was not able to get a shot as shooting time had expired. I noticed a small movement in the woods a couple hundred yards away, and then this buck stepped out into an opening. I hurried and put my jacket and vest on and stepped out onto my back porch. All the deer eased down into thicker brush, and I lost sight of the deer. I continued to glass the area where I had seem them go into for about an hour. Finally a doe came out into the clearing, and about 5 minutes later this buck stepped out. It was another 5 minutes before he finally turned broadside, and that's when I eased the trigged of my .308 and took him at a little over 230 yards. It's not a very fancy story, but it's what happened and I'm proud of the buck. Note: This buck was in full rut—swollen neck, tarsal glands black and he stunk.
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