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Jim Powell’s 8-pointer

September 17, 2010

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Scorable Points: 8

Kill Date: Oct 13, 2006

County: Kent

Season: Bow

It was a cool overcast day on Oct 13, with our first chance of snow for the Fall.  I got out to my stand about 3:30.  My stand was about 22 feet up in a willow tree on the bank of Little Cedar Creek. My stand of choice is the Lone Wolf Alpha, accompanied with their climbing sticks. I have hunted this area and stand since 2001.  The creek ran through a cattail marsh that provided a great bedding and security cover for the local deer. 

I was on stand for about two hours with no deer sightings.  Then I heard a few shots coming from a neighboring property.  It sounded like a .22 caliber.  I believe they were squirrel hunting.  About 10 minutes after the shots I heard, a few deer coming down the creek bed.  The first three deer were mature doe, which were followed by a couple fawns.  They made their way past my stand and down the creek and disappeared into the cattails.  Just as I settled back into my seat. I heard a single deer slowly walking down the creek.  I stood up and position myself for a possible shot.  This time the deer was a huge clean eight point.  As he approached my stand, he turned and stepped out of the creek and proceeded my way through the long grass and cattails.  I thought he was going to skirt my stand without presenting a shot opportunity.  As he passed by, all I could see was his rack through the top of the cattails.  Just as I was losing hope for a shot, he decided to step back into the creek to cross.  He was about 25 yards away, so I gave him a mouth grunt to try and stop him.  He stopped quartering away.  I let the arrow go from my Mathews Outback.  My arrow hit right where I was aiming.  The deer mule kicked and ran down the creek about 75 more yards and jumped into the cattails.  I marked where he went in and settled back into my stand until dark.  I quietly got down and I went to get my arrow.  I could see it sticking up out of the creek.  The water was only about 6 inches deep where the deer was standing.  It was covered in good blood with no smell of any gut.  I then knew I had hit my mark.  At the angle I was shooting, the arrow would have passed thru the liver and the opposite lung.  Knowing this I decided not to go look for the deer until morning.  The low was forecast to be in the high 20’s.  Needless to say, it was a long, sleepless night.  This was the biggest buck I had ever seen on stand.  The last thing I want to do was bump him and lose the blood trail in the thick marsh.  I made the right decision because when I entered the cattails where I last saw him, he was laying dead about 10 steps in.

I could not believe the mass on this deer.  He had more than 43 inches of mass measurements, with his longest tine 12 inches.  I estimated his live weight to be about 250 pounds.  He would later gross score 171 5/8” and netted 168 6/8”.  My best buck to date.

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