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Steve Helms’ 9-pointer

November 19, 2010

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Scorable Points: 9

Kill Date: Nov. 4, 2010

County: Pike

Season: Bow

The time didn’t change until Sunday morning. Because it hadn’t changed yet, it wasn’t getting light until 7:10ish. Thursday morning (before time change)  I got into the stand about 6:45. I was resting my eyes and relaxing when about 7:10-ish I thought I had better start getting ready in case the woods come to life early. As I started to look around, I thought it was strange the weeds looked so white about 40 yards in front of me. As I thought about it, I didn’t remember any white weeds being there. (I hunt this stand quite a bit.) I slowly put my binoculars on it and couldn’t believe this buck was standing at 40 yards broadside and it wasn’t even shooting light yet.

As I was game planning how I hoped this hunt was going to take place, I heard a noise to my left. A doe had slipped in about 20 yards from me in the brush and the buck was staring at her. He then turned and came straight at me trying to angle towards the doe. As I counted down the yards I reached for my bow and hoped he would turn to the left for a 18-yard angling away shot. All of a sudden he stopped to look at the doe and was directly behind the only tree between he and myself. He was only 18 yards away broadside!  He stood there for almost 10 minutes watching the doe, and as I began to realize how much I disliked this walnut tree, he turned and angled away. He only went about 10 yards and started looking around.

All of a sudden 5 more does come running in. Trailing them were 3 small bucks. Then three more does came in behind the bucks. Now I have 13 deer chasing and milling around in front of me (all of them were inside of 40 yards). As I am watching the original buck I wanted to shoot, I had to keep an eye on all of these deer and watch for any more deer to slip in. I was hoping with all of these does and activity, the granddaddy of the woods would show up.

After about 7 or 8 minutes of watching all of this, my original buck turned and came back to his favorite spot behind the walnut tree. After a minute or two, the original doe finally took about 10 steps forward (she had not moved during this entire 20-minute time period). The buck decided to trail her and stepped out from behind his walnut tree for a 18-yard opportunity. As I let the arrow fly, he had jumped forward to chase the doe and the arrow hit him quite behind my goal. Luckily he was quartered away enough that he only ran about 50 yards before he crashed.

It ended up being a 9 point, 146 ½ inch buck. After looking through my cuddeback pictures from July—October,  I have this buck 3-7 times on film! I have him in all three stages: velvet, shedding velvet and no velvet.

Definitely a exciting morning, and the first buck I have taken in 5 years with my bow.

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