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with a mature doe bringing up the rear.
As she traced the path of the others, a
big-bodied deer emerged. It was a decent
buck, intent on tailing her.
As he passed through the first opening,
I identified him as a legal buck and knew
I'd have only one opportunity to shoot.
Instinctively, I grunted, and he hesitated in the second opening, just long
enough to release my safety and set the
crosshairs.
My .308 rang out, and the buck
dropped - no longer in clear sight.
I wasted no time unloading, lowering
the rifle, climbing down and releasing my
safety harness.
I covered the 50 yards to the buck
quickly. Seeing the points on his right
side, I thought immediately there must
have been a nice 10 in the area.
Then I saw the drop tine.
It's difficult to describe my feelings as
I knelt over the beautiful whitetail, counting the 12 points, and scanning him from
head to toe.
I didn't jump up-and-down or shout,

The hunts and scouting endeavors detailed
in this story all took place on state game
lands in Clarion County.

but there certainly was excitement,
mixed with strange disbelief, then an
overwhelming feeling of gratitude as I
recalled the three years I followed this
impressive buck.
I quickly texted Neil.
"I got him!"
"You got who?" he replied.
"Drop Tine!" I responded.
He called immediately to ask if I was
sure.
"I'm holding his antlers in my hands -
we now know the end of the story," I said.

BEGIN ANEW

Neil stayed put until the end of shooting hours, seeing two bucks before arriving to join in the celebration.
As I waited, I reflected more on my
journey with this incredible deer, somewhat sad that his story was over, but also
thankful for the privilege of being part
of it.
Pulling him to the truck with the help of
my son and two great friends provided a
special time to tell Drop Tine's story from
the beginning to the end.
At the end of the drag, as we turned to
go our separate ways, one of them said,
"Well, it's time to start a new story!"
I agreed.
It was late in archery season when the newly
named "Drop Tine" first showed up on one
of Gary Henry's trail cameras in 2017. By the
time night fell on the firearms opener, Gary
knew how the buck's story ended.

DECEMBER 2018

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