Been a great archery season as far as the amount of deer and encounters that i have had. It has also been a stressful season from the point of someone stealing equipment and intentionally messing with stands.
Three weeks ago I missed a really nice buck at 25 yds shot under him, my fault. He moved around and then offered me a shot at 35yds, well my arrow just nipped a very small branch and once again i missed him. He trotted back down the hill. I continued to hunt the area and saw him two more times but always in the wrong stand.
As stated it has been a tough season from the standpoint of the harassment, I should know I had became part of their plan when climbing a ladder stick and the very top strap snapped and I fell 18 feet. LUCKILY I only broke a rib and missed 7 days of work. Finally the police were brought in to investigate and the strap was cut which lead to the complete failure.
Anyway i got released from the doctor in Wed evening this past week. A buddy that hunts the farm tagged out so he let me barrow his Ten Point Crossbow. After shooting it on Thur morning and getting use to how it operated I felt comfortable with it. That afternoon I climbed up in the ladder stand that I missed the buck from and settled in around 200pm at about 350pm I had a doe jump the fence in front of me with the buck following behind her. He hung on the other side of the fence for a while before he finally jumped over and came to a stop at 30 yds behind a bush. The doe moved down the hill and he soon followed her same path allowing me to get a great shot off at 16yds. After the shot he moved down the hill another 40 yds before stopping for the final time. He ended up being a 7pt that grossed 101 1/2, I called my buddy and he came out and even got the deer out of the woods and into my truck for me. What a thrill after the way the season had been going.
I am as thankful to my friend who loaned me the crossbow as well as those who worked to allow the use of them within the state. I am really thinking about getting my own crossbow for the future. Been looking online at a Parker Tornado any input would be great.
Congrats on the buck! Hope you can prosecute the person(s) who put ya through all the hardships..
The Parker Tornado is awesome! I have taken 2 decent bucks the last 2 years from tree stands with mine.. Light and compact.. Hard bow to beat. I shot most that were on the market before I bought it.. Was the best to me.
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