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While on stand this evening I heard running coming up through the woods. It's a yearling and it passes behind my stand. It is followed closely by an adult doe. She turns onto the trail that runs next to my stand.

I had already decided to take a doe today if I had the chance so at twenty yards I whistle to stop her and take aim.

Just as I'm ready to shoot I hear more running and a really nice, heavy beam, out past the ears, eight-point stops ten feet behind her. I line up the sights on him and just as I'm getting ready to let fly, she takes off and he leaps after her. They disappear and I'm left sitting there with a hammering heart and trembling hands.

The whole incident took less than ten seconds but WOW, was it ever exciting!
 

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I know the feeling lug, yesterday at 12:30 I had a huge 8pt walk by out of range so I grunted and he just walked out of site. About 20 min. later I look and there he is looking in my direction at 70yrds. Played ith him for about 10 minutes but the closest he got was approx 45 yrds. I think the problem was he couldn't see a buck to go with the grunts and got suspicious, and finally walked away. But what a thrill as he would have been my biggest buck ever,gun or bow. My hunting partner shot a buck 3 yrs ago within 50 yrds of him and this buck looked like his twin, and he was around 130". I need a deke for next week. By the way, every buck i have seen in the 3 days I have hunted this week (5) have been between 12 and 1pm.
 
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