Allen Shelton only had been in his stand about 5 minutes when he saw Mine coming over the hill. He’d named the buck Mine because he intended to take that big buck himself that now was at about 400 yards.
“I guess Parker and I had to drag that deer for about 30 minutes to go that 250 yards,” Mike Simon remembers. “Besides having a big rack, the live weight on that monster was probably 275 pounds.” A huge buck like the one Mike Simon took was a buck of a lifetime.
“I hunt the scraps – small properties, generally 3-20 acres,” David Yutzy of Nickerson, Kansas, says. “No one wants to lease them. Therefore, the farmers allow me to hunt these properties.” And this was where the River Buck was.
The big buck stepped into a shooting lane, 25-yards out, quartering to him, moved forward, stopped again and stood there for some time, while Perry was at full draw. Then he stepped into the second shooting lane at about 17 yards.
Bowfishing has become one of the fastest growing sports in the country with plenty of fish to shoot everywhere. State records may be hard to come by but the fun is ample. So what are you waiting for? Get your line wet.
After taking Megatron in the first daylight hours of Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, on Veterans Day, 2014, at daylight, Franken was again in a tree stand but on another farm 5 miles away from where he’d taken Megatron. His hunting partner texted him and asked, “What kind of buck are you planning to take?”
Fish Hook moved again and stopped about 19 yards from Colton’s tree stand, quartering away from him. Colton put his pin sight on his Bear Anarchy bow behind the buck’s front shoulder and aimed a little high and a little back.
“When I finally reached the buck and put my hands on his antlers, I knew this buck was the biggest I’d ever taken,” Posey explains. “I’d never even seen a buck this big.” And if his friend has waited, the day before, this huge buck might have been his.
“I saw a really-big 9 point that would probably score 140 and then I saw a monster buck that took my breath away. He had a drop tine that looked to be as big as my forearm, and the rest of his rack was really huge.
The bowman who relies on a blood trail and seeing the animal fall will lose more deer than he ever will recover. But the archer who assumes that he’ll have to be able to see and understand even the smallest detail in trailing the deer will more likely than not recover his animal.
Most archers try to locate where deer are feeding or a trail where they are moving to and from food. But the most-successful bowhunters travel several steps further and read the signs much closer, longer and harder. Are you doing the obvious and overlooking what you should not?
Practice alone doesn’t make a better archer. Just because you’ve been bowhunting for several years doesn’t mean you know how to shoot accurately. So, put your ego in your hip pocket. Allow someone else to evaluate your shooting and help you to correct it.
Howard Hill was the first white man to take an elephant with a bow, and did all of the trick shooting in the movie “Robin Hood,” which starred Errol Flynn. It was Hill who actually split the arrow with an arrow in the film.
“I expect every piece of hunting equipment I own to fail at some time,” notes nationally-known bowhunter Dr. Robert Sheppard of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a bowhunting instructor at Westervelt Lodge near Aliceville, Alabama, and Bent Creek Lodge in Jachin, Ala. Do you?
Deer hunting with a bow and arrow is the most-exacting sport in the out-of-doors. To consistently be successful, you constantly must pay attention to even the smallest and most-minute details. This paying attention to detail needs to become a reflex, rather than a thought process.
Part 2: What causes bowhunters to miss bears when the bear is in close? Brown bears are dangerous game. They can attack. When you’re within 20 yards of an 800-pound-plus brown bear, a huge adrenaline rush hits the shooter. How do you control that?
I decided I would get my hunters as close to the brown bears as I safely could. Then they can take high-percentage shots. The last thing we want to ever do is to wound one of these giant bears and have to follow it into the bush.
When the bear began to move-down the mountain, I positioned myself where I thought he would come, near some grass. The bear came down to within 20 yards of me and offered a broadside shot.
The bear was traveling, eating and moving faster than me, even though I’d begun to run. Finally, the bear decided to turn-around and come-back toward me. I got into a little cave about 15-yards from the ocean that completely hid me from the bear.
When the time came to hunt, the outfitter took us to a swamp in a helicopter and dropped us off for the day’s hunt. There were herds of buffalo, often 200 to 300 in each herd, living and feeding in that swamp.
“In the pitch-black darkness of the African night, I knew that the leopard was less than 20-yards away from me in the tree next to me,” Tracy Hardy says. “I was certain that he was aware of my presence.”
While you must remove all bait and deer attractants from the property where you’ll hunt deer in many states at least 10 days before hunting season starts, make sure you keep your Trail Camera running.
If you’re in the woods scouting for squirrel season, you also can scout for deer. Look for acorns, the squirrels will show-up in these trees first and then the deer will appear there at the beginning of bow season.
Thanks to modern technology, motion-sensor cameras (trail cameras), deer attractants and deer lures all can help you learn whether there’s a trophy buck on your property for you to take.
Pinpoint where old home places once stood and you may identify the location of the old smokehouse, the old outhouse and you may identify deer trails leading to these two, long-ago lost deer-hunting hot spots.
Thayer compares his hunting strategy to his bass-fishing strategy. “If you’re looking for a big bass in a big lake, your chances of finding him are extremely small. However, if you want to take a big bass in a 1/ 4-acre pond, your chances are much better for catching that bass. The same is true for deer hunting.
Once Thayer realized how productive his first 20-acre plot was, he immediately began to look for another small tract. “After I scouted the area, I found a lot of buck sign including scrapes, rubs and trails,”
Every deer hunter’s dream is having quality private land for him and his family to hunt and manage. In many states, when you look for a big piece of property to lease, if that property has an abundance of deer and turkey, the lease price is outrageous.
With hunting leases becoming more expensive, and with the number of people required to have a good hunting lease and pay for the lease, finding quality hunting land that’s holding bucks that score 130 plus is becoming more and more difficult.
“When my brother, John, called me on October 15, 2011, and told me he just had shot Big Nasty, I told my guests at my son’s birthday party, ‘I’m sorry. I have to leave. My brother needs me.’ When I saw John’s deer, I couldn’t believe how big that buck was.