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?
I thought to myself: draw back, get on target, put finger on trigger, get steady on target, squeeze. As I squeezed, the arrow flight was smooth and made impact with the waterbuck moments later and the waterbuck was completely shocked at the impact.
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.
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.
I didn’t get a daylight picture of Big Nasty, until the week in 2011 when I hunted him,” John Scott explains. “This seems to be a pattern with older-age-class bucks that live on small properties.
I have a buddy who lives in some apartments just outside of Hoover, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, who sent me a picture from one of the security cameras there of a monster buck eating the flowers and shrubbery.
Over the years my buddy Fred Lutger and I have bowhunted together scores of times and I’ve gotten very good at reading him. The instant he saw a bear in the woods I knew what had happened, even though I hadn’t seen or heard it… yet!
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