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Looking back at my season I am very pleased with the amount of time I spent in the woods for a college student at WVU. I was using the theory if it is important enough to you then you will make it happen. Well part of making it happen was some late night studying after an evening sit in Washington County, but those late nights were worth it. I actually found my school work better as I hunted more. I had the whole get better grades so you can hunt more idea going on. I gave the pass on two legal basket racks and bagged a doe in 2B before my encounter with one I wanted to shoot. I am by no means a horn hunter I do not judge anyone who shoots a legal buck. However, I personally am starting to adopt the idea of shooting the does for meat and holding out on a more mature buck. Well on November 12th I knew I would be in for a sit all day. I got into a stand where my roommate shot a seven point on election day (another case of overcoming a busy schedule to get in the woods). I saw two does on the most beautiful morning sit of the year. Got out of the tree to pick a stand for the last evening. I walked over a hill into an area I haven鈥檛 even scouted but I knew held deer. Climbed up saw a buck chasing on the ridge and climbed down to move where the action was. I got on the ridge and found the trail the doe was using to escape the small buck. Hopped into a tree at 1pm. Took a nap from 2-230 and I was ready for a good evening. Didn鈥檛 see a deer until about 445 when a doe came out of a thicket on a trail. It was the type of area where you hear them coming and see them when they are right on your lap. As this doe walked down the trail I realized two things. One I picked an awesome setup for the area and two its November and when the buck comes to follow this doe I need to be ready. I heard it coming and as soon as I saw brown I drew. Like i said I knew it would come out in range and worst case scenario I let down if it鈥檚 not a shooter. Well it was a nice buck that made my knees shake and sure ill confess I shot right under it (broadside not moving for some who think my draw was overly aggressive). The thing NEVER knew. Quickly knocked an arrow, drew, grunt stopped it, took a deep breath and shot. I knew I was a tad back but I had a good angle. When in doubt back out. Came in first thing in the am recovered it 40 yards from the tree. Now it鈥檚 time for small game, my pap鈥檚 iron sighted 32 special in gun season, flintlocks, jerky making and keeping the grades up. Having a blast with this season and am blessed to have continued opportunity to hunt. My buck should appear first with my roomates seven below. I killed my ten point with a High Country Extreme I want to say its twenty years old. Had gold tip arrows and rage two blades. Roomate had a ten point crossbow and rage two blades. This was my biggest buck to date with any weapon.
 

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Congrats! Im also a college student so I feel ya there. I skipped 3 classes on Friday Nov. 4th when I shot my buck and it was well worth it. I made sure I went to almost everything earlier in the year so that Id be able to miss class when the hunting got good and it paid off!
 
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