I posted a picture of my deer but didn't have time to tell about the hunt. I always enjoy reading about the hunt as much as seeing pics of the great deer. I hope you enjoy.
It was a good day to hunt but as you all know you need some luck to go with it. [8|] The wind was out of the wnw and the way my blind is positioned it was perfect for the wind. About a week or so before the hunt I found a real nice rub line at the north end of my woods. Very small woods...only 15 acres. He had 4 trees shredded from the ground up to about 4 feet high. When I saw that I knew It was a nice size deer. The day before I thought I spotted him checking his rub line just inside of the woods to the north about 125 yrs.from my blind but couldn't call him in. On the day of the hunt I went out about an hour and a half earlier then normal and put my bow and gear in the blind and headed to the north end of the woods. Put some doe estrus on a small rag and drag line, went out into the field just north of the woods and walked in a figure 8 in 2 spots and headed for his rub line, hit 3 trees on his rub line and headed back to the blind with the drag line staying to the north west of the blind. Got back out in front of the blind @ about 25 yards and hung an estrus bomb in one tree and the rag in another. Watched 3 does around the north side of the blind for about an hour and a half and just waited. About 4:45 here comes a doe from the north @ about 75 yrds.and the buck right behind her sniffing the estrus from the drag line and sniffing her you know what. As luck would have it she came right in and laid down out in front of the blind @ about 35 yards between my 2 shooting lanes behind some brush and he stood right behind her, nudging her to get up...I didn't have a clear shot at him. This went on for about 30 min. Every once in awhile he looked up at the blind which is about 15 ft. from ground level, but lucky for me he had other things on his mind. [8D] (Try not breathing or moving for 30 min. while this guy is checking you out) [:@]He finally got her up and they started to move to the east. She went right through my northeast shooting lane and he was about 5 yrds. behind her. Neither one was going to stop...so I gave him a grunt (not from a call) just as he entered the shooting lane and he stopped @ about 24 yards between 2 trees looked up at the blind and I took the only shot I knew I was going to get. He got about 85 yards and found him at the north west end of the woods. I consider myself very lucky to get the opportunity to even get a shot at such a nice deer...it could have been just like a lot of hunts where you end up climbing out of the blind at dusk empty handed. You can take all the preperation in the world but you need lady luck on your side. But then again any day in the woods is a great day.
I also would like to congratulate everyone who landed their deer this season. There have been some really nice deer posted here. I enjoy seeing the pics and reading about the hunt. Keep'm comin.