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Tuesday and Wednesday of the last
week passed and I stayed away from
the old buck's core area, which made
it nearly a week since I had been there.
That Wednesday night I called my dad
and found that he had been experiencing limited deer movement. I told him
I hadn't been into the Lumpy-Throat
Buck's core area for nearly a week and
was expressing my concerns if I did
decide to enter his area. He encouraged
me to hunt the old buck saying, "You
never know what will happen; it could
happen when you least expect it." I
decided to ignore his advice. I didn't
feel comfortable hunting either stand
with the southeast wind and warm
temperatures.
The alarm clock went off at 3 the
next morning. I kept thinking about
what Dad had said. At 4:30 I was
quietly hiking into the Lumpy-Throat
Buck's home turf. The morning was
extremely calm and stars shone in the
sky above. After 45 minutes, I finally
reached the base of the tree that held
my stand. I checked the wind, which
wasn't right for hunting the stand, and I
had second thoughts about being there.
I quietly climbed the white oak.
Daylight finally came that morning.
In my stand I monitored the wind and
it was consistently heading the wrong
direction. At 8 o'clock I heard a steady
crunching of leaves in front of me at
about 80 yards. After a few seconds I
could make out a respectable 8-point,
and if he continued on his course,
he would be directly downwind of
me. I knew it was coming. The buck
continued and when he got directly
downwind my scent hit his nostrils and
he slammed on the brakes. He quickly
looked up in my direction and without
hesitation took off.
NOVEMBER 2013

I take every scent precaution I can,
and am extremely meticulous with
scent control, but I've learned that
big woods' bucks so seldom come in
contact with humans that even the
slightest human odor can alert them.
With the wind direction and warm
temperatures, I figured I'd never get a
chance at Lumpy-Throat. If you would
have told me what was about to happen, and how it was going to happen, I
never would have believed you.
I decided to give a few calls, only
louder and more aggressive than anything I'd ever done in my 20 years of
bowhunting. I heard something behind
me coming fast. At first I thought it
was another hunter and with my bow
in hand, I strained my eyes toward the
now louder and louder racket in the
laurel directly behind me. The anticipation was nearly overwhelming, but I
finally saw it - a rack, a big rack. An
extremely high-racked buck was heading right toward me. At 60 yards the
buck hit a small opening in the laurel
and stopped, looking for the intruder.
As he stood there looking in my direction, it was then that I realized it was
the Lumpy-Throat Buck.
This was the first time in four years
that I had gotten a look at him, other
than from trail camera photos taken at
night. As he stood there I could feel a
slight breeze on my face; the wind was
in my favor. I now had another problem. If he headed to my right, he would
certainly catch my scent trail where I
came in and it would be over. Not only
that, but I would somehow have to get
turned to the other side of the tree if
he changed course.
After a few seconds, he headed
right toward my stand. I put tension
on the bowstring as he approached. I
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