Archery Season Update

I’m lucky. That’s the only way I can describe my season so far. I’ve seen two 3 1/2 year old bucks, too many 2 1/2 year old bucks to count, and a handful of 1 1/2 year old bucks…and I’m tagged out in Michigan. 2012 - 7 PointI shot a 2 1/2 year old 7-point on October 12 and you can watch it here. Then on Monday evening October 22 in 65 degree weather in between thunderstorms I arrowed my largest buck ever. He looked good from the tree and even bigger on the ground.  He was a beautiful 9-point buck!  I experimented with my camera settings and unfortunately did not get the shot on video. It was pouring rain 30 minutes before I 2012 - 9 Pointshot him and that is always a concern for the blood trail.  Luckily I was able to watch him drop 70 yards away.  Both bucks were broadside at about 15 yards and both were heart shots.

Rich has had a strange season so far. He hasn’t seen the usual deer activity that his property has produced in the past. I’m sure he will get a chance to connect during the first week of November if not before. There is a cold front coming this weekend and that may be just what he needs.

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  1. I wanted to join them the flloowing year. My Dad graciously outfitted me with all the gear and John gave me his old bow. It turns out, we made a connection to hunt a 600 Acre Farm in 2009, and Dad and John came out from Chicago to scout the day before opening day. I was so pumped, I could hardly sleep that night before. (btw, don’t watch hunting videos if you actually want to rest the night before.) They set me up on a “highway” of a trail leading into the beans in a ladder stand. We saw over 20 deer that 3 day weekend. I shot this little basket 6 as he played/sparred with another small buck, probably his brother. I shot him right threw the heart! There was blood everywhere! He ran 40 yards and dropped in front of my dad who was set up 50 yards away. We got to experience the whole thing together. It was awesome. We were pumping our fists and shouting “woo-hoo’s.” That memory will last forever. John shot that big buck the night before and recovered him that same morning I got mine. Dad ended up with a 7 point the flloowing day, so we had 3 bucks in 3 days for 3 guys in Ohio (the Buckeye state.) We decided to name our little fellowship, the “Buck-Guys.” What an amazing start to this sport. I was totally hooked. They kept telling me, it is not always this easy.It wasn’t until the flloowing year that I realized you can’t always walk down a paved road, step 10 feet into a soybean field, and watch the deer go by like cars on a road and have this much success. They tell me it’s called “hunting” not “shooting” for a reason. Since then, I have accepted the challenge and have learned to scout, set trail cams, butcher my own deer, and have since taken 8 more with Bow, Shotgun, Muzzle-loader and Rifle. I have learned so much from your articles. Dad and John still come out to OH and I usually do the scouting before they get here now. Dad says it’s payback time and so he expects me to locate and set a stand that produces like mine did that first year. lol I keep sending them trail camera pics to keep the juices flowing in the off season.Undoubtedly, the best part about this sport is the bonding, and fellowship with fathers, brothers, and friends. Success is SO much sweeter when it is shared with others. We all read D&DH magazine and talk over the articles, we raz each other when we are the 1st to receive an issue in the mail. Thanks Dan for putting my story here, and thanks to all the contributers of D&DH. What a great Magazine.Tom

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