Hunter: Scott Westmoreland
Points: 8 (4L, 4R)
It had started to rain, and I made a stand change mid-morning to the south end of our property, and the result was a Truck-Buck! Within 20 minutes of arriving at the new stand, I had seen two bucks. Not long after that, I heard a racket like I'm not sure I've ever heard in the woods before. Turns out it was five bucks chasing one hot doe. She'd lay down in anything she could find, but they'd get her right back up. The big buck I ended up shooting would fend off the smaller bucks any time they would get near her. However, he was outnumbered four-to-one, so they'd come at him pretty aggressively. She ended up running over to my stand and laying down, which gave me a 25-yard shot at the buck. He ran off, and I knew my shot was a little far back. Luckily, I got in touch with my good friend Scott Lopez. He has a Texas Lacey named Ziva that is a jam-up deer dog. She's found several bow deer for us over the years, and she is really top-notch. We put her on a 4 1/2-hour track with no blood, and she certainly did her job, allowing us to recover the deer. The buck was a main-frame 8-point with split brow tines. My buddy Grant Chastain called this deer "Chop Sticks" because of the split brows. That boy can really come up with some good deer names.