Pennsylvania Game News - September 2016 - 52

In anticipation of hunting
the rut, the author
passed up a handful of
bucks last season. His
years of bowhunting,
particularly in years the
season ended before
the rut kicked in, have
brought him many bucks
in that same class, some
of which are shown at
right. Holding out often
is the only way to bring
home a bigger buck, but
there are no guarantees.

When he passed broadside at what I
miscalculated to be 20 yards, I released
an arrow.
It fell short and the deer, a pretty nice
trophy, bolted away unscathed.
The following morning I went back
to retrieve the arrow and discovered it
sticking in the ground surrounded by
a flurry of white hair the broadhead
had clipped off just beneath the buck's
brisket.
I paced off the distance to my stand
at 36 yards, not the 20 I had estimated
so poorly. So close, yet so far, with the
rut heating up just when the archery
season was shutting down.
Today, with the opportunity to hunt
deeper into the rut, bowhunters can
afford to be picky. They know they have
a real chance at a careless, love-struck
bruiser buck if they hold out.
But holding out, ultimately, can cost
you venison in the freezer and a rack on
the wall.
Last year, after passing on the 6-point,
I passed on another half-dozen bucks
close to the same size.
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Then, my patience finally paid off
... almost.

On High Alert
On the morning of Nov. 10, a rutting,
wide-racked 8-point - just the class of
buck for which I'd been holding out -
came in to my grunt call.
Long story short, I missed the shot.
Of course, I had plenty of excuses.
It was a broadside shot at just under
20 yards, but at an awkward angle, with
the buck behind me as I twisted around,
aiming beneath low-hanging branches.
But the real reason I missed is among
the most common: the buck jumped the
string.
The moment I released the arrow, that
buck did what alerted deer often do - it
dropped to the ground as it gathered its
legs beneath it in preparation for that
first leap away. The arrow passed harmlessly over the buck's back and the deer
retreated.
That moment, however, helps illustrate
hunting the rut. Bucks are searching for
estrus does and might make mistakes in



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