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Trevor Courson’s 6-pointer

November 25, 2009

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Scorable Points: 6

Kill Date: Nov. 25, 2009

County: Marion

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of bowhunter Trevor Courson is the story of his hunt for a 6-point buck.

I have been bow hunting for three years now but have never had the chance at a good deer until the day before Thanksgiving of this year.

I have seen a lot of good deer in those three years but the opportunity to harvest a good buck had not turned out the way I would have liked, until this year. Every bowhunter dreams of that dream hunt where everything happens just like you want it too, but those stories are few and far between.

My dream hunt came on Nov. 25 when I was visiting my grandparents for Thanksgiving. Since first shotgun season was poor for us, I asked a family friend if it would be OK to join him in the woods for a bowhunt. He told me that would be great and to meet him at his house then we would head to the woods early in the afternoon.

It was about 1:30 p.m. before I had everything set and ready to go in the stand. About 3:30 I saw some turkeys wondering through my area of the woods to my right. I watched them for a while then looked back to my left where I saw a couple of does coming out to feed in the clover about 100 to 150 yards away. Clearly they would need to migrate my way for a while to even think about a shot.

Not long after that until I saw a small buck chasing more does all over the field. After seeing this buck run back and forth a couple times I decided I would grunt to see if I could get him to come in closer. I got out my grunt/wheeze call and grunted three times following that with a couple of wheezes. Directly after the second wheeze the buck came trotting right in to me to about 75 yards then stopped and walked into the woods.

I thought this was weird that he was so skittish but didn’t want to do anything to make me look like a decoy to the deer, so I just sat and waited hoping him would wonder my way through the woods.

At about 4:15 I heard something about 40 yards to my right and there were those turkeys getting ready to roost for the night. I got so interested in watching them that the buck I had grunted at kind of slipped my mind for a moment. Suddenly I heard some leaves rustling back to my left again and I looked to see what it was. I saw a big body and a very tall rack so I knew it was a shooter. At this time he was about 40 yards and coming in quick. I hurried to get my release on my bow and waited for him to get into range.

I had scoped out a tree that I was using for yardage before I had got in the stand that day and if he was to come inside that point I was going to take a shot at him. Before I knew it he was inside that tree and still moving quickly. I mouth bleated at him and he froze dead in his tracks I put my pin right behind the shoulder and let the arrow fly. I heard the arrow hit but wasn’t sure where exactly where I had shot him.

He ran off on a deer path with his tail down and I knew he was hurt badly. I gave myself a couple of minutes to calm down then called my buddy I was hunting with to tell him the news. He told me to sit tight till dark then he would come help me look for blood to see if we should search for the buck that night. After we hung up I called my dad to tell him about what had just happened. While talking on the phone with him I had another deer coming into range so I told my dad I had to go and I knocked up another arrow. It was a 120-class eight pointer which was the buck I grunted at to start with.

He got within 8 yards then walked right on through to the woods beside me. Finally night came and my buddy showed up to help me look for an arrow or some sign of a good hit. We went to the spot I remembered the buck standing before I shot and found good bright red blood sprayed on a tree and all over the ground resembling a lung shot. After looking for a little while longer I found my arrow covered in the same bright blood and we decided to give him a couple hours then come back and track him with more help.

A couple hours later I brought my dad and two cousins to help along with my buddy and his dad. We started at the first spot of blood then tracked the deer into the dark woods. We had solid blood all the way to a creek then lost it for a couple minutes. I was starting to think we weren’t going to find it when all a sudden one of my cousins found the trail again.

We tracked the buck only about 30 yards further before we recovered the buck, it was indeed a lung shot. We saw that it was only a 6-pointer but a dandy 6 it was. The buck weighed 210 pounds field dressed and was 17 inches across. The base of the antlers were 5 1/8 inches and the biggest G2 was 11 ½ inches tall.

This 6-pointer roughed scored at 114 and many thought it might make 120.

This buck was truly my dream first bow kill but I would have taken this deer if it was my 20th bow kill. I’m glad I got to share this experience with my dad and family and friends. This was one of the proudest moments of my life!

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