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rutting game was on. The following
morning, though, I saw only three does
and no rutting activity.
I decided that if the weather forecast
stayed the same, I'd hunt the Fuls Ridge
Stand the next day. I hadn't hunted there
since the opener, when the soybeans
still were green.
I had been getting trail-camera
photos of several bucks, including two
good ones, on that ridge. But the stand
was difficult to hunt. The wind there
usually made it impossible to reach the
stand without being detected by deer.
So I waited for the right wind, which
blew in on Nov. 2.
I got into the stand about 3 o'clock
and action came fast. At 3:45, a lone
doe passed the stand with its tail sticking straight out, which I knew was a
sign she was coming into heat. She
started feeding in the brown soybean
field, munching down soybeans like
candy. The deer was joined in the next
half hour by two more does and two
fawns.
I had a feeling that something good
was going to happen.
At 4:15, a buck emerged from the
woods, 100 yards away on the field's
south end, and I knew it was one of
the shooters. He immediately spotted
the does and came in running, grunting
all the way.
The chase was on! Several times
during his pursuit he made a sound
that in my 50 years of bowhunting I'd
never heard. He roared, not unlike a
New Zealand red stag.
He continued chasing does and
fawns in and out of the woods for about
15 minutes, but they never came within
50 yards of my stand. Finally, he chased
a doe into the woods and she stopped
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on a trail 30 yards from my stand, but
then took off over a hill.
Still out in the field, the buck soon
took up her trail. Coming into the
woods, he stopped where the doe had
stood and did the classic lip curl, but I
had no shot. Then he followed her trail,
and soon pushed her back into the field.
She circled and came back into the
woods on an even-closer trail, only 20
yards from my stand.
I knew it was going to happen.
Hot on the doe's trail, the buck roared
again and stopped, offering a clean
shot. Already at full draw, I dropped
the 20-yard pin behind his shoulder
and released the arrow. The Wasp Boss
broadhead sliced right through the
buck's lungs and he dropped after a
mere 30 yards. He never even flinched
or kicked. Game over!
The 8-point was one of the nicer
bucks I've taken, and it meant a lot for
all I had to go through just to hunt at all.
Throughout my hunting career, I've
always made it a point to try to get the
best harvest photos I can, and I got
several nice photos of me with the buck.
After being encouraged to enter
one in the Game Commission's Buck
Harvest Photo Contest, I was thrilled to
be named a finalist. Then, in late June,
I woke up one morning and checked
my email to learn my photo had been
showcased on the cover of the 202021 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping
Digest.
Never in my wildest dreams did I
expect that to happen.
I can't thank enough my supportive family and friends, who helped,
encouraged and prayed for me in my
battle, recovery and beyond. I am truly
blessed, humbled and grateful.



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