Hello everyone! Well, if you read my previous posts I mentioned I was going back to the swamp on Friday to try and redeem my miss a week before. Got to my stand before light. Patchy snow on the ground but a snow squal came through around 9:00 giving everything a 1/2" coating. Ideal conditions, no sun, cloudy, no glare to deal with. Wind was variable and seemed to shift direction all morning.
I could hear the deer moving around in the marsh, ice breaking, branches snapping. To give you perspective, I was only 40-50 yards from them but no way I can see them.
Then around 11:30, I see movement to my left, and here comes a buck out of the swamp, quartering away from me, about 35 yards away. Why he came out, who knows? I think something bigger made him come out.
Anyway, I can see he's a shooter right away. ( 4 pt. APR in Pa). I need to shoot quick because of the brush. (Here one second, gone the next). I get a good sight picture on his shoulder and squeeze off the shot from the .45/70. He goes down instantly but gets back up and slowly moves away from me. I know the shot was true and he's not really going anywhere, but he was headed toward the deeper water and I didn't want to take the chance of him falling in and going under! So I shoot again, this time high on the other shoulder and that was it. A seven point, not a booner by any means but feels like he was in my mind. Sorry guys, no pics ( ya, pretty stupid, left the camera at home. Would have taken him home, but I was flying out the same night and had to get him directly to the butcher).
So, that's the story. I know that there are more mature bucks in the swamp , but they are very reluctant to move out of that security in the daylight.
Oh well, it feels good to stick with a plan and have it come through. Everyone have a great Christmas and New Year!
you never shoot a buck from the couch