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Peasley’s unbelievable 10-pointer

December 05, 2010

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Nov 20, 2010

County: Marshall

Season: Shotgun

I have to tell you Peasley’s story. 25 yrs of deer hunting and this was a first for me. I’m Peasley’s dad. Saturday morning Kylee, nephew Mike Man and myself were out on the second day of shotgun season.  Kylee, a little upset already about missing a doe youth season, was really anxious to get her deer. About 715 am, Mike texted us and said there was a nice buck coming across the field our way, I got the estrus can call ready: it worked like magic last year.

When we seen the buck coming in the timber I started using the call, it kept getting closer. Kylee was aimed and ready, waiting for a good clear shot. Bang. Kylee shoots. I keep calling. He comes closer. Bang again. I keep calling, he keeps coming closer and closer. Bang again. Deer still standing. Kylee’s out of shells. Deer is 15 yards. I keep flipping call as she reloads. This buck is going nowhere till he finds this doe.

Kylee shoots again. I could tell she was hitting buck, but she was a little excited. The deer slowly walks off out of sight. Mike never saw it come out of timber, so we think the deer went down between us somewhere. We wait almost 2 hours. Kylee is ready to go see if we can find her buck. The 15-year-old is pretty excited. We find lots of blood. Kylee sees the buck laying 30 yards up the trail. As we get 20 feet from the buck, I see his eyes are closed. I tell Kylee to get ready to shoot because the deer is not dead. She didn’t want to. She didn’t feel right shooting him laying there. We stood there 5 minutes and finally the deer throws his head up, opens his eyes ands looks right at us. Bang, bang. Kylee has no problem shooting now.

The deer lays flat, eyes open and gurgles his last few breaths (we thought). We walk next to Kylee’s deer, count his points, then start calling mom, friends and brother to bring the camera. I call Mike Man to tell him Kylee got him. He heads our way. Mike, Kylee and myself stood within inches of this deer for 10+ minutes. Kylee had her tag out ready to tag deer when Mike reached down for the deer. The deer threw his head up, jumped up and took off through the timber and over a fence. Mike Man’s eyes were big as grapefruits as he went screaming past me and Kylee.

I was in shock, Kylee says, does this mean I don’t get my buck? The buck fell down half way across the field, too far to shoot. We called the neighbor to get the OK to go after him. We didn’t want to mess up anyone else’s hunt. They gave us the OK. The buck got back up and ran out of sight. We head the direction it ran. 400 yards later we see the buck standing unbelievably, he sees us, he wobbles a few times and falls over. This time we approached him with Kylee ready to shoot again, she didn’t need to. He expired. We still cant believe we stood next to this deer for 10+ minutes, his whole chest was missing. Kylee hit this deer numerous times. He was really tough  

Peasley has a story to tell for the rest of her life.

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