Finally, my Martin Bengal claims its first victim!!!
Instead of hunting my usual haunts, a buddy invited me up to his hunting grounds in White County. Got in the stand before 5 p.m. and saw my first deer at 5:30. Saw 22 in all but they were all out of range. Called an 8 pointer to within 60 yards but couldn't get it any closer. Very near dark I saw a doe in a cut bean field and mouth called her. She turned and headed straight toward me. I hit the release when she was 18 yards away and somehow (I still don't understand how) I shot barely beneath her. I bet I shaved some white hairs I was so close. As she ran off, I was cussing myself for being such a moron and was getting ready to take off my release and start the process of climbing down when I looked to the right and saw a buck following her into my clearing. I waited until he was in the same spot as the doe and put a very solid hit on him. Was amazed though that I didn't get complete penetration. Called my buddies and their flashlights in for help and after a long and tedious tracking job we found him in a nearby cut corn field. There was a large amount of ground shrinkage as the eight pointer wasn't nearly as big as I thought from the tree stand, but I am ecstatic. I believe every archery kill is a trophy. It was a great day in the stand including the high winds and sleet pelting me in the face. The post mortem showed that I hit a little back with a very solid liver hit and the thunderhead stuck in the middle of a rib on the off side. It always feels great to get the first one of the season. Pictures will be posted later.
Hope the rest of the hoosiers are having some success as well.
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