BuckTracker: A Five-Star Night on Forty Acres

Before Carl crawled into one of his favorite stands the afternoon of November 2, he placed a Flambeau decoy with one antler near his stand. “In front of the decoy I placed some dominant buck lure, and behind it I put down some estrous doe scent. Then I sat down to wait.” Carl wasn’t in the stand long when a doe appeared and worked within bow range of his stand. Carl made the shot, then watched the doe run off a short distance before dying. Jazzed by this success, and having a second any-deer tag in his pocket, he decided to sit back and enjoy the evening.

“Not long after the doe tipped over, I looked up and saw this nice 10-point buck heading my way,” Carl says. “He eventually spotted the decoy and I thought ‘I’ve got him’” but for some reason he just flicked his tail and walked off. I guess he wasn’t in the mood for fighting. As soon as he left, I spotted another buck. I tipped over a bleat can and he walked right into the decoy. There was a long, tense standoff as he stood within bow range but wouldn’t turn for a good shot. Finally, he stepped broadside at 20 yards and I made a perfect shot. When he ran off, I was on an absolute adrenaline buzz! All I could think was ‘Wow, I’ve got a nice doe down, shot a beautiful buck, and got to watch another buck.’ I had to sit down and gather myself a bit, it was such a cool afternoon in the timber!”

But Lipke’s hot stand wasn’t done producing. “I was sitting there soaking things up when I hear ‘crunch, crunch, crunch’ coming from behind me,” he says. “It was a monstrous 12-point, a magazine-cover deer, one of those that you just dream of seeing. Well he walked right up to that decoy and for the next few minutes he did everything you could imagine except attack that deke. He grunted, he postured, he snort-wheezed. He even did a long, low growl. I kept thinking he was going to turn sideways and knock that Flambeau into the next county. Eventually he just walked off and I sat there, amazed. The buck I killed is a beauty and I’m proud of it as can be, but that last one….he was an absolute giant. I felt privileged just to see him. I’ve enjoyed some great hunts on that little piece of piece of timber, but I’ve never had anything to match what I saw that one magic November evening!”

BuckTracker Stats
Date: November 2, 2007
Location: eastern Iowa
Weight: Unknown
Points: 15
Green Score: 150" estimate
Weapon: Mathews FX bow
Shot distance: 20 yards
Method: Tree stand