Trail Camera Pictures
My good friend Kelley sent me a few deer trail camera pictures quite a while back of a nice whitetail his friend Doug had gotten. Deer hunting in Ohio. I love reading first buck stories so I thought you might like this one. I’d taken some time off for a few days. I just had shoulder surgery last week but I hope to be fully recovered when it comes time to go deer hunting. Here is Doug’s story about his first buck. Doug had gotten several trail camera pictures just before he killed him.
My First Deer
Here are the details on the 8 point buck I shot on November 7th, 2010.
On November 7th, 2010 the temperature was 20 degrees. It was daylight saving time (the time moved back and hour) so I woke up early. Around 4:30 am to get ready to go get them that morning. The Deer were moving, because the rut was in full swing. I showered, and headed to my stand.
Then I placed my stand at a pinch point where two trails came close together that deer use to travel to their bedding area. I climbed into my stand about a half an hour before sunrise. About 10 minutes later, two 4 wheelers came through a gate separating our property with the neighboring farm’s property.
I immediately thought this probable ruined my hunt for the morning. Although I decided to stay. Eventually, 45 minutes past and I moved in my tree stand. When I did three doe took off running about 40 yards in front of me. That morning there was frost on the ground. I did not hear doe walk in. About the same time I thought they had been there the whole time. Thinking about getting some rest. I had been hunting hard for the past two days.
Suddenly, 5 minutes later I heard something crashing/running through the woods, and as I looked to my left approximately 15 yards from my stand, there was a buck. The Buck focused on the doe that ran off. I immediately pulled my crossbow up, and was deciding if I should shoot him or not. He was moving further away from my stand, 20, 25 yards; everything was going through my mind so fast. Is this buck big enough?
To Shoot or Not
Should I hold off, I just started my vacation I have the rest of the week to hunt. Mean while, the buck moved further away, 30, 35 yards and was ready to step behind a group of small saplings. When I aimed and put the pin just behind his front leg, and pulled the trigger. As soon as I shoot the buck jumped and kicked his back legs hard.
I listened as he ran about 20 to 25 yards down over a hill, I then heard a crash, and figured he went down. My brother who was hunting 300 yards away heard the crash. He knew I stuck one.
I got out of my stand and started look for a blood trail, but did not see any blood the first 10 yards. Thinking maybe I missed him, but kept walking a few yards later I found blood sprayed all over a group of small trees/saplings. I then looked down the hill, and there he was lying with his head propped up on a log. The arrow hit both lungs and he only ran approximately 25 yards, before expired quickly, he didn’t know what hit him. This buck was a decent first kill; hopefully next year I can shoot his daddy.
Shot with a Crossbow: Ten Point – Fusion, distance 34 yards.
Congratulations Doug on a great first buck. Great story and trail camera pictures of him to. Thanks for letting me share it on here. Also thanks to my good friend Kelley for sending me the story and trail camera pictures. I wanted to tell everyone Kelley is in an awesome. Called Fishing with Dynamite. If you get a chance go check out their great music.