I parked my truck in the dark and walked 200 yards to the Point and
climbed into my treestand. The area is a wreck, I made a mineral pit
here 20 years ago and have kept it up. It is a hit with the deer
And equally as big a hit when wild hogs are around. (They come
and go.) In late November the rancher added cows to the mix. Plus, we’ve had a lot of rain and that makes the minerals in the ground more palatable. The hogs and cows have either eaten or stomped the grass and weeds out.
Right now the ground is dry and looks like a nuclear waste land.
Daylight lit things up. Two does walked up and stopped to look back behind them. A third doe, a larger longhead one, was behind them. I lost track of it because of the limbs and leaves but got my bow in position to shoot anyway. I saw the doe seconds before it stepped past the limbs into the clear. Another doe was coming from directly in front of me on the opposite side of the fence that is only 11 yards away. I started my draw.
At half draw the longhead doe picked up the motion and looked right at me, and immediately bolted. The other 3 deer looked up at me but dismissed me as a problem. The longhead stopped 15 yards away to my left. I held as long as I could and then let down.
The longhead turned and walked away toward a nearby canyon. The others followed.
My plan was to get down at 9:00 but when it came I decided to stay another 10 minutes.
My take on this bowhunting is to be ready to shoot as much as possible. So my bow was between my legs with the bottom cam resting on the treestand’s platform.
I spotted a nice buck coming from the left and carefully got my camera off its peg and turned it on. The buck was already coming into view in front of me and I leaned forward a little to get its picture.
My leaning movement made my bow slip and I clamped it with my knees and
contained it. The buck looked up at me. I was already on it and took
He blew me off as a problem. I got another picture when he started toward the fence.
My bow slipped again and the buck darted 10 yards and looked in my direction. I was loosing my grip on my bow again and when it slipped again I had no choice but to grab it and keep it from falling.
That was too much for the buck and he turned and hurried away.
I always wait at least 30 minutes after a deer sighting before leaving, to be sure no other deer are around. After that I got down and walked to my truck.
John Askew was down and he had taken a doe at his Rock Wall stand. When the doe came in on a trail in front of him John made his shot. The doe went 15 yards. We drove down to recover it and take a picture. Here is John Askew with his second doe of the season.
At the risk of making an obvious plug I have to say that while I was sorta the bull in the China Shop my Sticks N Limbs camouflage was all the good on this hunt. The longhead doe saw the motion of my draw but could not make me out. And the other does didn’t see me either.
And at 8 yards the buck looked right at me when my bow slipped. It’s a good thing I was on him and could take the picture instantly because the buck only looked at me a couple of seconds and ignored me. Only after the 3rd bow mishap did the buck decide to move on.