Well with only one week remaining in the Illinois bow season I was beginning to wonder if I would even see a nice buck this year. I’ve seen a lot of deer, just nothing worth harvesting and personally, I was starting to wonder why I keep going to the stand. Fortunately for me, I have a really good friend named Scott! This past weekend was like any other week. Scott and I drove our wonderful wives (trying to buy more hunting time) Laura and Crimson nuts with all of the calling and texting back and forth discussing what property we were going to hunt, what stands we were going to hunt, what the temperatures and wind directions are going to be, etc.. But, Saturday I was unable to hunt in the morning due to a prior engagement. So, Scott and I planned on hunting a place nicknamed the Hog Farm Saturday evening. This place has been under water most of the season due to all the rain and it hasn’t had a lot of pressure. We also know this property has some really nice bucks that travel through it.
Upon arriving at the property Saturday afternoon, I was starting to doubt the choice of locations. Everything in the woods had been washed away and half of the field didn’t get planted in the spring due to the high water. So, I suggested we should probably go to our other property this late in the season and hunt over a great food plot. Of course, after a lot of back and forth discussion, Scott convinced me to stay and hunt the Hog Farm. He just kept stating over and over he had a good feeling about it! I reluctantly agreed with the notion if we didn’t see anything we would hunt our other place on Sunday. The evening hunt progressed just like I thought it would, not one deer showed up around my stand! Scott on the other hand, had a big mature buck and smaller buck out at about 60 to 70 yards that just wouldn’t get close enough for a shot. Plus, he had a bunch of does that went within 25 yards of his stand.
After it got dark, Scott asked if we were hunting the other place in the morning or hunting the Hog Farm again. I don’t know why, but I told him we would just go ahead and hunt the same place in the morning. But, if we didn’t see anything we would spend the rest of the season hunting the food plot on the other property. Well, I would like to thank Scott for talking me into it! I know I probably told him that a dozen times yesterday. Sunday morning, I was sitting in the same tree wondering if I was going to even see a squirrel, but then around 7:05am I heard something coming done the trail. It turned out to be one of the nice bucks from our trail cam photos. He proceeded to walk right down the trail that would bring him right in front of my stand at about 30 yards±. I was fortunate enough (I’m guessing in between shakes) to grab my Bear Carnage, draw back and place a shot on him! He ended up jumping when the arrow passed through him and going only about ten yards. Before turning and looking back to see what happened. He then proceeded to walk out of site. Of course, like any hunter I then began to reflect on what just happened and the adrenaline started to flow! About the same time I think Scotts phone started to blow up with texts and phone calls. I was just a little worked up! So, thanks to Scott my season ended with a nice buck for my wall.
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|TA at the Ultimate Outdoor Expo|