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Michael McGrath’s first deer

September 22, 2010

Illinois hunting and fishing Michael McGrath killed his first deer on his first time in the field hunting, giving him a great reason to smile.

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Kill Date: Oct. 6, 2009

County: Will

Season: Bow

Last year, October 6th was my first time in the woods hunting for white tails. I had never hunted in my life; heck this was the first time I had ever worn camo.  That morning I wasn’t even able to convince myself that I would be able to kill an animal if I would be lucky enough to come across one. So, there I am in the woods, it’s pitch black and all I can hear is the dropping acorns on the forest floor, a few squirrels and an occasional raccoon.  And there I am, bow in hand, camo from head to toe, sitting on a 5-gallon bucket. Finally, the sun makes an appearance, the woods are beautiful. I don’t think that I have ever known the feeling of such peace and quiet. Back home, my wife and three boys, 4 and younger, are all waking up about now. I didn’t care if I never saw a deer at this point, the quiet alone is enough to keep me coming back.

So, about two hours later. still on my bucket, I try to stay as still as I can. My neck is like a swivel swinging back and forth with every noise the woods offered. I had many squirrels in bow range that day. My back and legs started to ache from the two hours of sitting on a bucket. I slowly put my bow down and stood up for a little stretch. I look around, I can’t believe how beautiful these woods are.  Then, out of nowhere, I see out of the corner of my eye about 6 does just standing there behind me. Where did they come from? Where is my bow?? Oops.  They are clearly staring right at me.  I slowly reach down to grab my bow. I held it in front of my face to break up my pale face, which I am sure is glowing to these deer. I have never been this close to deer before. What is with the noises they are making? They sound like aliens. Nobody prepared me for that. Part of me thought I was about to get attacked by this roving forest gang of does. Well, I some how kept my composure and drew my bow, picked out the largest doe and waited for her to present a shot. One step was all it took and I released my arrow. And there was that sound. The sound of a broad head passing through fur, bones, muscles and organs. That sound I will never forget. That sound I want to hear again and again.  She was about 18 yards away, and my bow was set at about 53 pounds. Total pass through. She ran about 40 yards before she just dropped. Did that really just happen? I feel like a caveman right now, how primal. This is a feeling I can describe. Partly because I am finding it difficult to talk or stop shaking.  But, WOW am I hooked for life!!

I know it’s not a big buck story, but I hope that story is yet to come. About a month after my first deer came a car accident in which I broke my wrist and my bow, so my season ended a bit early with a buck tag in my pocket. I hope this year, with the help of Lone Wolf, I can finally get my buck. Don’t get me wrong, my bucket is nice and all, but a tree stand could really go along way for an unemployed father of three to put some meat in the freezer. The season is just a few weeks away, I can’t wait to get out in those perfectly quiet woods. With any luck, I may be telling you about me first big buck soon.

Michael McGrath
Manhattan, Il.

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Finally! A story of a “new hunter” (Michael McGrath) and his experience starting out. I’m also new to hunting and didn’t have the luxury of growing up with a family member or friend that hunts. Everything I learn is by trial and error and that at times can be frustrating. I wish more outdoor magazines and web sites would feature articles, for the beginning hunter. From equipment basics, to field dressing your game. Far to often, every article I read, talks as if I’ve been an avid hunter for year’s with an never ending supply of money and private land.

Congratulation’s again Michael on your first deer and don’t forget to get your kid’s involved!

FISHGUT’S <-((((-<

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