I have been sitting all day since last Wednesday and have seen 4 different shooters and maybe 7-8 smaller bucks. Passed up a 7 point and a 9 point late last week.
On Saturday morning a heavy 8 point slipped past me out of range. Went back to the same stand yesterday and the same 8 point trailed a doe past me at 50 yards. 10 yards too far for me. Got up this morning to rain but packed my tree umbrella and got settled into the same stand by daylight. Through the rain and fog, I could see a dark body cruising about 80 yards out. I hit the grunt call and he turned and headed right to me. I saw 3 points up top on both sides and thought for sure it was the same buck. I grabbed the bow and soon discovered I had forgotten to load the arrow. As the buck closed I was on autopilot and finally got swung on him when he was at 15 yards and closing. At 5 yards he stopped and held high on the shoulder and the arrow flew. The buck stumbled and only went 25 yards. I thought I just killed the 8 that got past me twice.
I climbed down and was surprised to see this buck had no brow tines at all. Just a nice 6 point. Autopilot got the best of me. Never saw him before and never got a picture of him on my trail cameras. I was somewhat disappointed that I shot him but happy that with the season coming to a close I had a decent buck down. All day sits can be tedious and I was feeling the strain.
Here is the arrow, the view from where the buck was standing back to the stand, and my November 9th Pa archery buck.
Perfectly respectable 6 pt, no brow tines doesn't mean not a nice buck, but I see what you're saying, I like to see brow tines too. Oh well, wouldn't have stopped me from launching an arrow at him at this point in the archery season.
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