[BRACKET "My Superbuck Story"]
Right Out the Door
I was bowhunting a cedar thicket about 60 yards wide with beanfields on either side. It was a fairly warm day for that time of year, in the 40s, kind of cloudy. I'd hunted the day before on a 400-acre farm and wasn't having much luck, so I decided to try behind my own house. I got in the stand before daylight, and by 11 o'clock I'd seen a few does and one fairly nice buck, maybe a 130, but I let him walk. We've got some monsters out here and I guess I'm, you know, picky. So I went in for lunch, shot a few practice arrows, and was back in the stand about one o'clock. Same thing: a few does and a decent buck that I was debating shooting. And then, about 4:30, another buck comes out of the brush the other had just walked into. And the first thought that went through my mind was: Shooter! He was walking toward me, and the closer he got the bigger and the more points he had, and the more nervous I got. He was coming right at me and then veered off at the last minute. I was just trying to calm down, willing myself to keep it together. I'd ranged off the distances around my stand, so I knew that the opening he was going to walk through was 35 yards away. And he was just doing a steady walk like he had someplace to be. So I put my 30-yard pin a little high and shot. I didn't want to push him because there wasn't much blood and I didn't know how good a shot I'd made. I called my buddies, and we went out later that night. And when we found him I let out a yell you could hear all over the county. It was kind of funny. We'd just settled on that house and 15 acres on November 1, and I killed him November 18. He turned out to be 71/2 years old, living right behind my house. -as told to Bill Heaveyt and downwind. One hunter should take a position close to where you expect deer to appear. The hunter who will be rattling should sit 50 to 75 yards behind him.