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February to look for the buck's sheds.
" We did not want to go in too early for
fear of spooking him and causing him to
leave the area entirely, " Cory said.
March 1, at a low elevation on the
facing mountain, three-quarters of a mile
from where Cory had found the buck's left
side shed the previous season, he found
the buck's newly shed, bigger left side -
once again in its bed.
" Matt and I were giving each other
high-fives, we were so happy not only to
find that big antler, but that he was still
alive and that the hunt would continue, "
Cory said. " That was such an awesome
day! "
The absence of leaf stains on the
nearly 3-pound antler showed it had been
dropped just recently.
Once again, Cory and company
returned repeatedly to the area until the
late May green-up in hopes of completing
the set, but they never found the right side.
With proof the buck had made it
through, however, Cory's hunting plans
for the 2020 season were taking shape.
Cory did not get a trail camera photo
of the buck through the summer of 2020.
In mid-September, he decided to move
his camera farther down the mountain
after noticing, through binoculars, literally thousands of acorns hanging heavy
on several large oak trees near the south
end of the mountain.
" I hung the cam under those oaks, figuring that when the acorns start dropping,
the deer, and possibly him, would step in
front of the camera, " Cory said.
Cory, who hunts regularly with his
younger brother Cody, hunted downstate
on the archery opener on Oct. 3 and did
not make it back to check the camera until
Wednesday, Oct. 7.
" I pulled the card out of the camera and
headed home, " he said.
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Then, while going through the pictures
at home, lo and behold, the buck was there
in front of the camera Oct. 3, feeding on
the freshly fallen acorns. It was larger
than the year before, pushing the 190inch mark, Cory figured. But there was
something else unusual about the Oct.
3 photo. It was snapped at 7 p.m. - the
first daytime photo that Cory or Matt had
gotten of the buck.
While Cory hadn't planned to hunt the
buck this early in the season, the photo
suggested now might be the best time.
" So I'm going to hunt him, " he decided.
" I've got to hunt him. "
Cory said his biggest fear in hunting
the buck was spooking it on the way out,
especially given its recent activity right
around dark.
A buck like that, he thought, is liable to
leave the area entirely if made uncomfortable. But staying away altogether would
be the only way to avoid such an outcome,
and that could be the wrong move, as well.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, Cory was on
stand by 3:30 p.m. The acorns were falling like marbles. He saw four does and
watched a 9-point and what could have
been a 3-year-old 8-point pass within 30
yards. At 13 yards, the 8-point was well
within Cory's maximum 20-yard range,
but the thought of drawing back his
recurve never crossed his mind.
Darkness fell, and as Cory started on
the 1 ΒΌ-mile hike back to his truck, he
spooked deer - perhaps the four does -
and sent them bounding away with a snort.
" And I thought, 'Oh my gosh, it's probably going to go cold after this,' " he said.
Instead, it went warm. When Cory left
his house at 3 p.m. on Friday, it was an
unseasonable 72 degrees, according to the
thermometer on his truck.
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