Heartland Hunt: I See A Monster

The 2nd morning Jeff Neal drove me in with the quiet ride, the new all electric Polaris. So we snuck in without and sound. I really liked that.

I waited in a Blind Turtle blind for an hour before I could see the ground. This food plot is “L” shaped and narrow. It is full of lush green Heartland Wildlife edibles for deer. The perimeter is thick with heavy ground cover. There are two 2-track roads, one in front of me and another to the left.

WHOP!!! WHOP! WHOP!

Loud thumping sounds came from the woods behind the blind. It wasn’t really a deer kind of sound but I picked up my bow anyway. A few minutes passed.

Surprise … a monster buck stepped into one of the Turtle’s viewing windows, 15 yards in front of me. He must have walked under the blind or right next to it because it came out of nowhere. What a rack!

The monster buck was walking leisurely, right to left, toward the woods edge. And he’d be there in the few steps.

I drew.

He stepped into the brush a few seconds before I got my top pin on him. A couple of steps more and he stopped and looked all around. It looked like I could get an arrow through to him. It also looked like 40 or so yards.

I don’t like to shoot 40 yards. And shooting through brush isn’t any good either. But I won’t lie to you I thought about it.

This buck had the biggest rack I’ve ever had in bow range, remember he was 15 yards when I first saw him. But … when he started away, and I was sure he wasn’t coming any closer, I let down.

Three does and a spike buck later Bob Humphrey came to get me. He had shot a 10 point.

I returned that afternoon but did not see anything. This is the Blind Turtle blind.

This hunt is hosted by Heartland Wildlife Institute and Ryan Outdoors: www.heartlandwildlifeinstitute.com

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Products were supplied by Darton Archery, Don Woods Polaris (Athens, OH), Fall Guy Treestand Safety Systems, Pine Ridge Archery, Pro Scents, and Knight & Hale Calls.

This years Whitetail Hunts are Sponsored by: Wildlife Research Center: ‘America’s Top Brand’™

and Hang-On Buddy Universal Treestand Mounting System

This years Whitetail Hunts are Sponsored by: Wildlife Research Center: ‘America’s Top Brand’™

and Hang-On Buddy Universal Treestand Mounting System