Had an awesome hunt Saturday morning... I couldn't get out for thur/fri of 2nd session, but at daylight Saturday I was sitting in a ditch on the open field farm that I hunt with my wife's uncle. Just before 7:00 I saw a doe, then a buck behind her. He was probably around 400 yds away across the field in a different ditch, so I hit my can call. He acted somewhat interested, then started to move away... I hit him with a combination of can and grunt calls, then blasted a snort wheeze... His head snapped up and his chest puffed out, then he came on a string right to where I was sitting. He cut across the field to the ditch I was in, then turned and walked literally straight at me for about 150 yds... When he was about 40 yds out he finally saw me and stopped, so I shot center mass on his chest. He stumbled and wheeled around and headed out into the plowed corn field, did a long slow circle and slowly fell over... Then he picked his head up and was looking around.
I was bummed that I didn't make a perfect shot, but I decided to wait him out. After about an hour, he hadn't moved, but he hadn't died either. I tried to sneak in for a finisher, and he got up and ran about 20 yards, then collapsed again. I decided to sneak through the dredge ditches to get in a better position... during the next hour of stalking the ditch I was within 50 yds of a group of 6 deer (1 small 8 pt and 5 does), but I only had the 1 tag for the buck I'd shot... I got to where I thought I had a good vantage point, then glassed for another half hour. I finally picked out his antlers sticking up over the horizon... He was in a depression out in the middle of the field with high ground between me and him. After 2 more does ran through the field and stopped about 20 yds from me (again... no tag to shoot more deer with) I spotted 2 coyotes out in the field. That got me nervous, so I started to army crawl... flat out on my belly and knees and elbows with the shotgun in my hands... out across the field to get close enough for a finisher. I closed to about 130 yds and shot, missing the neck by about 2 inches. He got up and I shot again, which knocked him down after just a few steps. I then quickly closed and got one in the neck to finish him off as quickly as possible.
I was really feeling kind of bummed that I didn't make a good shot with such an awesome first opportunity to make a clean kill, but I am glad I was able to get the job done. I definitely worked hard for this guy...
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