My son and I have been heading up to the property near Necedah since mid-Septemeber. We've both been seeing deer on the turnip plots almost every sit and get quite a few doe/fawn pictures every week. We've each had opportunities but only one shot really presented itself on 9/29 when my son missed a buck at 18 yards. It happens.
I had a shot opportunity the next morning off a different plot when the big doe was 28 yards and quartered away. Her two fawns were both feeding and facing my direction, so I never chanced a draw. Eventually they fed off and I never got another chance.
On the morning of 10/6, my son couldn't decide which stand, so dad decided. I took the shortest walk from the trailer (I'm old, what can I say??). At 6:45 a "deer" wandered out onto the turnips at about 45 yards. It was cloudy Saturday and the light was slow to come. And for me, I always have a hard time sizing up a single baldy. I definately do not want to shoot a nubbie and I wasn't sure.
Eventually she fed off to my right and walked slighly into the woods. That's when I saw the fawn now eating where momma first was standing. My brain went, "Little deer feeding, momma in da woods!!" Lo and behold, she walked back to the field and when she turned to look at her fawn, I drew, aimed and shot. At 15 yards, broadside I was a bit high and spined her. She went straight back and down. In two seconds I nocked another broadhead and dispatched her instantly.
At 7:05 I texted my son that freezer meat was down!
The doe (we believe) is the daughter of the "big doe" that we have on camera a lot. Big momma has two fawns, a buck and doe fawn. The nubbie is as big as big momma already. This doe I shot, hangs around with big momma a lot and we have pictures of her and her doe fawn and pictures of her, her fawn and big momma's family. One trail cam pic we have there are 7 baldies in the field, so we think big momma is the matriarch and she has daughters who have fawns, too.
Good doe, good weight; she'll make good burger for the freezer.
Out of state this weekend, then back up to Necedah the 20th.
One day my ship will come in!! My luck, I'll be at the airport.