It all started with a phone call earlier this week from my good friend Myles. “Tyler, I got some big bucks on trail camera and I’ve seen them in the the bean field during day light hours. You’re going to come film me, right? Saturday is opening day for early season muzzleloader in Iowa and we will have a great chance of bagging a big buck!”
It is a 2 hour drive for me to get back home where he planned on hunting and I didn’t get back home until 11 P.M. last night, Friday night. We knew it was going to be raining in the morning so we went to the field and set up a ground blind around midnight. We woke up this morning with pouring rain. Now most people would have slept in, not wanting to mess with the rainy weather but Myles and I have had some amazing luck hunting together in the rain. So, needless to say, we went hunting.
Looking over a picked bean field with the rain drumming down on our blind we watched turkeys fly down from their roost 10 yards in front of our blind. As the fog was lifting we watched three does come over the hill walking behind the turkeys. As the does kept moving off in the distance they kept looking back and Myles and I looked at each other and both hoped there was big buck following.
Sure enough, following close behind on top of that hill was a tall, heavy 140-150 inch buck. Myles’ eyes got big and my heart started racing (the first mature, big buck of the season will get any serious hunter excited!) He walked the crest of that hill for 200 yards, never presenting a good shot.
Of course Myles and I were disappointed but there are three main reasons we did not take that shot. First and mainly it would not have been an ethical shot to shoot with that buck on top of the hill. Who knows what horrible accident could arise from a stray bullet. Two, it was a 170 yard shot which Myles is capable of doing but the closer the better. Which leads me to the third reason. What if a bad shot did occur? It was raining and that would make a good blood trail disappear in minutes.
The best news about this all is that there are bigger deer on this farm, we got great footage of an amazing 9 pt., and Myles and I stayed completely dry in our Primos Double Bull blind.
We will be taking the muzzleloader back to the blind tomorrow morning and night in hopes that one of our target buck walks out!