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Sweet Redemption
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night on the couch. I woke the next morning with little to no
ambition and a knot in my stomach. I contemplated skipping
the day but after some convincing from my dad I decided
to head out. We were joined by my uncle and a friend, and
together we headed to the trailhead before sunrise. To be
honest, my spirits were not the highest.
I decided I was going to head back to the same area where I
had missed the buck the day before and sit for the day; something I find difficult as I enjoy
moving. I set up and watched
the woods come to life. The
first few hours of the day were
pretty mundane. I found myself
nodding off and watching the
occasional chipmunk. At 9 a.m.
I tried our crew on the radio
and could hear them but was
unable to transmit. I decided to
go for a short walk to warm up
and returned to sit around 9:30,
hoping for a shot at redemption.
At 10:20 a.m., that shot presented
itself. I turned to my right to see a
deer making its way in my direction. I quickly turned on my seat
to get ready for a shot, and after
seeing his antlers, shouldered
the rifle and pulled the hammer
back. He turned broadside at
about 50 yards, I stopped him, and the rest is history. I quickly
got on the radio and called my dad and the others and they
headed my way. When my dad arrived he noticed a mark on
my buck's front right leg. After inspection we realized this was
the same buck I had missed the day before and that I had taken
the hair off the back of his leg, just under his shoulder. You just
can't make this stuff up.
Wrapping my hands around the antlers of my first Adirondack buck was one of the greatest feelings I've ever experienced.
I knew at that moment that all the hard work, miles on my
boots and early mornings were worth it. Having my dad, my
uncle and our lifelong hunting partner there with me only made
it that much sweeter. I can't wait to proudly display this buck
next to the others at my camp and seal my place on the wall of
big-woods hunting memories. ah

TAH Proof

ov. 14, 2019, was the middle of what we consider to
be the best week in the Adirondack Mountains for
chasing whitetails. I left my house around 4 a.m. to
meet my dad at our camp a few miles from where
we would hunt. It would be my eighth day in the woods, and
through the first seven I had yet to see a deer.
With fresh snow on the ground, I knew the area I wanted to
be in. We arrived at the trailhead, discussed our plans for the
day and started off. As I moved
through the woods, I cut a few
sets of smaller tracks but nothing
that really caught my attention.
Just before 9 a.m. I stopped to
look around and caught movement directly in front of me. I
realized the movement was a
deer, so I froze and prepared for
a potential opportunity. I was
unsure whether the deer was a
buck until he lifted his head and
nicked a branch and I saw a small
portion of antler. He began walking and managed to get just over
a hump with a large tree between
us. I slowly stepped to my side
and looked through my scope
only to see him staring back at
me. I couldn't see his antlers or
his vitals, only his face and neck,
and I wasn't sure it was even the same deer. After what felt
like an eternity he began slowly walking. I lost sight of him for
a moment, quickly regained it to my left and moved the rifle
on to his vitals after confirming he was a shooter. I thought I
found a clear shot, set my crosshairs and pulled the trigger.
At the shot the deer spun and took off seemingly unharmed.
I watched him run over the ridge in front of me and out of
sight. With fresh snow on the ground I knew blood would be
easy to spot, so I combed the area but found nothing. I had
missed and was disgusted with myself, knowing how rare this
opportunity was. I talked to my dad on the radio, told him what
happened and tracked the buck for the rest of the day without
seeing him again.
We agreed to return to camp early and check my rifle, and
with no issues found I had some dinner and spent a restless

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