Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 18
become a deputy for him, but I
declined due to being preoccupied
with my master’s project. I didn’t
know how to react to the situation.
I was in shock. At that point, I
decided I was going to go hunting
As soon as school let out I was
on my way to hunt in Somerset. As
I was driving I thought that if I shot
a buck, I’d dedicate the hunt to
WCO Grove. It was a far-fetched
idea for someone who never shot
a bow at an actual deer yet, but I
couldn’t think of a better way for
a hunter to honor officer Grove’s
The timing worked out perfectly. I got to my location at 4 p.m.
and was in the stand 15 minutes
later. That would give me one hour
to hunt and check my trail camera
photos. I attached my doe estrus
scent bottle to a close tree and
pulled the SD card from my camera
to check if I had any photos.
Next, I climbed the tree stand,
got situated, and then checked my
photos. I had photos of several does
over the past month, but no bucks.
I felt a little disheartened, but there
had to be a few in the area.
It was extremely dry in the
woods. Around 4:30 I could hear
a deer working its way toward me.
I stood up and got my bow ready.
Soon a doe appeared. It walked
on the path toward the stand and
got within 30 yards and stopped. It
looked right at me. Then, it dashed
off like it was shot out of a rocket.
I thought if a doe could spot me
in a stand at 30 yards, how would
I get a buck in range?” I shrugged
it off; I had a half hour of hunting
time to go.
About 10 minutes later I heard a
noise coming from the same area as the
doe. At first I thought it was the same
doe, but when I stood up I spotted a
deer with legal antlers. I drew my bow
and put the sight behind the shoulder
as it was walking toward me. It stopped
about 17 yards away and turned slightly.
It was now or never. I released the
arrow. The buck took off and I could
see my arrow sticking in the ground. I
thought I had missed. I collected my
thoughts and couldn’t believe what had
just transpired. I looked at my watch
and it read 4:45. I got out of the stand
and found my arrow. I went to pull it
out of the ground when I noticed blood
on the yellow fletching. I had hit the
buck. It was only going to be daylight
for a few more minutes, and I didn’t
have a rope or a light. I had to go for
help to track the buck.
I started to walk through the woods
toward my car and walked right up to
the buck. I couldn’t believe it. I shot
my first buck with a bow. I went up
to it and saw it was one of the larger
bucks I had on camera from earlier in
the year. I counted five points on one
side. I was so excited that I didn’t even
count the other side. I left the woods
and got help. Two hours later, I had my
first archery buck out of the woods. It
was a 10-point. I had gotten one for
As I look back on the event, I realize
that my hunt was not the way archery
season normally happens. Most people
do not shoot a 10-point with the first
arrow they ever release at a deer. I had
a lot of help from many people here,
and I like to think that even more from
one above. Thanks for the help, WCO
Grove. This one’s for you.