The “almost” buck

A few seasons ago, I had a great opportunity during bow season. I was hunting in an area where I had seen several nice deer the previous season, so I set up a bow stand there. One evening, just as light was fading, a very nice (for the area) 8-point stepped out into the newly-planted food plot at 35 yards. I raised my crossbow and let the bolt fly. The deer jumped high and into a thicket. I was not sure if I had a hit, but later found my arrow and it was a clean miss. The other club members named the deer “Almost,” and my nickname became “Trophy.”

I pursued that deer the entire season and had many pictures of it, but I was always a day late or a day early. Late in the gun season one morning, I heard the crack of another member’s rifle. The text came in shortly after: Almost was down. He was shot while carelessly crossing a pipeline during the rut. I was happy for my buddy, but there will always be some remorse thinking about the season that I “almost” got my buck.

About Capt. Steve Himel 70 Articles
Capt. Steve Himel has hunted and fished in Southeast Louisiana for over 45 years. He operates Marshland Adventures, LLC and has been a freelance outdoor writer for the past 16 years. He is a member of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.

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