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The Windy Set
This year has been a little different hunting and not seeing many deer. Trail cameras have been a little disappointing since I am not getting many deer pictures. A week before hunting season my limb separated on my bow and I had to use my father’s bow (Fred Bear TRX) until mine got fixed. I went out a couple of times with my father’s bow and set in the ground blind. I did not see much other than a 120” 8 point and a spike buck.
On Monday, November 4th I set my deer stand right inside a pine tree woods. I was setting up the sticks and was hooked in with my Hunter Safety System. I got the stand set and locked in and trimmed some limbs and shooting lanes. Before I left I set my trail camera on a large scrape on the picked cornfield about 30 yards East of my stand. About 4 pm the next day, I went to our local archery shop in Winimac, IN (Fatal Flaw Outdoors). Randy Malott (owner) had my new limbs shipped and he was fixing the bow. He was working with me getting my bow timed and set up like it was before. I told him I was wanting to go out hunting in the morning. Randy let me sight my bow in for 20 yards. I was shooting inside a one-inch circle by the time I left.
The next morning I did not make it out so waited till around noon and checked the weather and the wind was coming from the SSW at 20 mph with gusts up to 27 mph with a 90% chance of rain all day. I decided to purchase a set of Easton Bloodline arrows, G5 T3 broad heads, and a bow hanger. I got my arrows cut and broad heads on. About 1:00 pm I headed to the woods, I get all my clothes on and put on my binoculars, tree harness and spayed down with my Scent Shield field spray. I have my bow and Hunter Safety System lifeline in my hand walking back to my stand. I check the trail camera before I climb into my stand and did not get a single picture. Kind of worried I will not see any deer, I hook up my bow to my bow rope and climb up. I hook in to the tree and start setting up my lifeline and screw in my bow hanger. I pull my bow up and knock and arrow finally sit down and scan the field and it is now about 1:45. I am just getting comfortable and situated and look up to see a deer in the cornfield walking my way. He stops about 150 yards and I grunt at him. He throws his head up and starts trotting in. When he reached the woods line he was about 40 yards West of my stand. He jumped the fence and was walking straight North and at this point I lost him in the woods and thought it was over. I stood up and lifted my seat and when I turned around I finally caught a glimpse of him walking a heavy used trail right toward me. His head went behind a tree so I had the opportunity to draw back. He stopped about 17 yards and was looking east so I pulled my trigger on my release and let the T3 eat a perfect shot right behind his shoulder. He ran 15 yards, stopped, wobbled a little then ran off. I lost him behind some brush so I made some phone calls to my friends and dad and gave him a half an hour to lie there. After getting down, I found where he was standing and there was blood everywhere. I found part of my arrow he broke off and figured there was about a 1-foot penetration. I didn’t have to track him far since he only went 30 yards where I found him taking a dirt nap. It was a bittersweet feeling when I found him I was done for the season and I got a good Indiana buck.