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Drop Tine Buck

December 27, 2011

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Scorable Points: 14

Kill Date: 11/19/2011

County: Grundy

Season: Shotgun

Day two of the first shotgun season. I climbed down out of my ladder stand because it was so windy, and moved to my son’s ground blind (who had shot out the day before). Facing it towards the east at about 8:30 a.m., making a mental note of one of the numerous small trees, that one looked like a deer, and I should watch it while watching in that direction. About that time my tree moved and was definitely a shooter deer!

I took my eyes off it to look for an opening in the numerous brush. As I waited for him to appear, which he didn’t, I looked back and he was winding me. He then just turned and walked away. I then proceeded to turn my blind to face the west, because I figured I didn’t want to see anymore that were going to wind me anyway. About 11:30 A.M. Mr. Droptine, whom I considered a shooter, came down the trail.

I then set up for a shot in an opening, and oops!...I forgot to turn my red dot on. I then turned that on and swung to a different opening. The brush was a little heavier, but I sat and agonized that I didn’t shoot at the buck at 8:30 in the morning. Then I decided to shoot—he was out about 60 yards in moderate to heavy brush. Much to my surprise, he dropped in his tracks when I shot. No looking for blood trails.

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