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St Francisville brute!

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Buck story

I typically don't post my kills on social media but this brute deserves some attention. I took this dude Friday morning 30 minutes after shooting a nice doe on my lease in St Francisville. I was hunting a thick low lying area that I knew a good buck was bedding in according to the sign I found two weeks earlier. When I found his sign and beds, I quickly backed out, walked back to my truck over a mile away to retrieve a stand, set of sticks and a camera. Went right back in with the stand and my hunting gear to make a hunt. Got the set hung and hunted that evening without any sightings. That would be the last hunt I would make there for more than two weeks for a couple of reasons. One, I didn't want to pressure that immediate area suspecting that a good buck was using it as a bed and two, we was leaving for Disney the next weekend not to return until a couple days before Christmas which would not even give me a choice to hunt. The area typically gets low pressure so I hoped that the deer would continue its routine over those couple weeks while I was away. Well while I was away playing with Mickey Mouse, a buddy sent me a pic of a buck he got on camera some 800 or so yards away from the set I hung. When I seen this pic I instantly suspected this was the buck I was hunting! I slept very little for the next seven nights! I was sure that when I got back to my set, I would have numerous pics of that buck on my camera which was set up on one of his trails. Fast forward seven days to when I would finally have an opportunity to get back to the woods... My buddy Daniel (aka Willie) and I went up Tuesday night (following Christmas). The temperature forecasted for Wednesday was not favorable for making a one mile walk carrying all my gear without sweating not to mention the winds were forecasted to be light and variable which as most of you know means it will blow the wrong way just at the wrong time! Because of this, I would not chance messing the spot up even though I was dying to get my hands on that camera card! Thursday's forecast was favorable for the set even though it was not what you would consider perfect hunting conditions by any stretch. Only slightly cooler than Wednesday (in the morning at least) but stiff winds from one direction was just what I wanted. I eased into the area in the break of day following a quick rain shower. I grabbed the card from the camera and got set up in my set. From day till dark I sat there and only seen one doe which offered no shot however, the pics I been dying to see would not be a disappointment. I had several bucks on camera and a number of does. The best part was that most of the pics were taken during the day! Of the 20+ pics I would have, only one of them was in the dark and it would be the one I expected to see! Only thing is that it was not a very clear pic but there was one give away that could not be mistaken! The other thing is that the camera only ran for the first week prior to the batteries going dead (mistake on my part) so I had no intel for the past seven plus days which was actually a bit exciting. Friday's forecast would be the day that we all were waiting for...cold, cloudy and light steady winds! I left all my gear in the tree Thursday night so I could bring one more component of my gear out for Friday's hunt and the clothes I would need to make another all day hunt. This other component would end up being one of the most important pieces of the puzzle... I carried my decoy out and set it up out in the creek bed as a buck so that it could be seen by deer crossing the creek from a long distance hoping something would come in for a closer look. Well at about 8:30 Friday morning, four does came in from the northwest about 60 yards in front me with intentions to cross the creek. Had they crossed, I would have had no shot opportunity. However, when the lead doe got to the edge of the creek bed, she froze and had a 10 minute stare down with the decoy. She eventually backed up and changed her direction to south which would put her right in my lap with the others in tow! At about the same time these four does started easing toward me, I heard splashing in the creek. I swung around to see two more does, one who was trotting away from the decoy to the southeast after she too obviously did not care for it. As I'm turning back toward the does working my way, I notice movement in the brush to the on the other side of the creek to the northeast! I look again and it's a decent buck, one that I would happily shoot given the opportunity! He too was keyed in on my decoy! In a quick calculation, I ruled out any chance on that buck given the fact that two other deer already proved to me that they did not like it and he was already showing signs of not caring too much for it. This being said, I was going to take the doe with him watching from 75 yards away! I turned back to the does just in time to get drawn and release a perfect shot at 20 yards! I instantly turn my attention back to the buck who is now making a scrape on the opposite bank of the creek at exactly 75 yards. I knock another arrow and consider taking the shot. I regularly practice to 80-100 yards and am confident in myself for making the shot. I range him, adjust my pins and prepare myself just in time for the buck to turn and walk away. Oh well... I text my Willie and tell him I got a doe and that I'm planning to sit another hour or so before getting down. Meanwhile, still only a couple minutes after the shot, another doe comes into the privet hedge right where the first doe came. She too stops and looks at the decoy then stares into the direction of where the doe I shot ran. What I didn't notice after the shot was that my doe only went about 15 yards before crashing! She was what the other doe was looking at! As the second doe is looking, my doe gives one last kick scaring the second doe off to the northwest where she would go blowing numerous times. Fast forward 30 minutes and I'm once again texting Willie my plans for when I get down... Out of no where I hear what I thought was a grunt... I text him back and say 'I think I just heard a grunt.' Then, now that I'm listening for it, I hear it again and confirm to myself that it was definitely a buck grunting. I instantly grab the Extinguisher and grunt back, he responds with a grunt, I hit it again, he responds again! I wait a few seconds and grunt back, this time he can't take it! I hear footsteps and grunts closing quickly! I get a glimpse of him through the privet hedge and see it's a good buck! I grab my bow and prepare myself for the shot! He comes in through the same opening as the doe did with his head on the ground... In another quick calculation of what's going on, I quickly recognize that two does had already been in this spot, both who had seen the decoy and one who had seen my doe lying on the ground. In a split second decision, I did not want to give this buck an opportunity to get nervous so I knew I needed to take the first clear shot presented to me! That shot would be a quartering to me shot at 32 yards. I center my 20 yard pin on him and turn it loose! The arrow would find its mark perfectly in the back of his leading shoulder low in his chest! He kicked and bolted back to the northwest! I was confident I just smoked a sure enough monster even though I knew very few details about his antlers! I text Willie and many others! It took me another 30 minutes to gather my thoughts and gear to get down the tree. Once on the ground, I go over to the where the buck stood and there lied my arrow covered in blood just beside a blood trail that a blind man could follow! It was at that point I realized I had just shot what was most likely the best buck of my life! I fell to my knees in tears of joy knowing that my grand prize was only steps away! I text Willie once more and tell him what I found. I tell him to take his time getting here and that I would not take to the blood trail until he got there. He wouldn't waste any time getting to me! We started on the trail and made it about 55 yards before finding him piled up in the thicket where the celebration began! There was absolutely no ground shrinkage with this brute! He was more magnificent than I had thought and instantly I knew he was my personal best buck! It was also at that point that I realized 'holy smokes, I got a lot of work ahead of me!!'

In the end, it would take Willie and I some three hours to get both deer and our gear out. And just when you thought the story was over, it gets better... All of the above was captured in 4K HD video! I really got some great footage of everything, but the reaction upon recovery may end up being the most entertaining part of the whole film! While I do have some experience editing my own films, and have done some previous videos that some of you may have seen, I'm considering seeking professional help with this one and want to do some more off set sit down commentary for the hunt...like explaining why I chose to shoot a doe when I had what I consider a nice shooter buck standing 75 yards away! Additionally, I'm also going to reach out to some of the commercial shows who feature amateur self filmed hunts to see if they might have interest in the film. My cousin and I rough scored him last night at 156. He is a main frame 8 with 11 or 12 scoreable points. He weighed 150lbs gutted. While he was on the trail of a doe, I don't feel like he was in rut or at least not in full rut. Be safe and good luck!
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Just a few more
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Congrats on the buck that is impressive. I really like the story you write better than some professional writers.
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Thanks on both accounts pal! I just tried to be as accurate as I could be with it while including the details I thought was important.
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