Last minute Doe Kill

All day at work today all I could think about was quitting time and heading out for another great night of southwest Iowa hunting. As the clock ticked closer to 4 p.m. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I had all my work done so I skipped out early. I had been stuck inside all day so when I stepped outside and the wind was blowing like crazy there was no way it was going to keep me from the tree stand.

Tyler Grey, my camera man, and I settled into the tree stand and hooked up our hunter safety systems as the wind was gusting 30-35 mph. Not knowing if we were even going to see anything, we had early doe movement across the field and thought early movement meant it would only get better. Boy were we wrong! It seemed as if those deer only came out to tease us; they stayed out in the field all night,  feeding a little then bedding down for a while.

With only 30 minutes of camera light left, we had two more does step out across the field. I had just finished doing my closing interview as we figured this night was over – time was running out and camera light was fading fast. We watched a doe as she started making a beeline right for us. She had 15 minutes to make it 150 yards and I kept watching the time.  I thought there was no way she was going to make it. When I knew she was going to give me an opportunity to tighten the string on my Elite, I hooked my Scott release and asked Tyler if he had her in view as I drew my bow. With the low light I was impressed with the way my Spott Hogg sights were still glowing. As I stopped her at 10 yards I let the Easton fly. I could not see the arrow hit her but I could hear the Rage broadhead blow through her. As I watched her run off I knew she was not going far.

Tyler and I packed up our gear and went looking for her. She did not make it 60 yards before she piled up. It was my first deer kill on film for the year and I hope to have many more. Stay with me – the hunting is only getting started and there is sure to be plenty more action from Working Class Whitetails.

— Justin Davison