1/02 Sidney, Ohio
Well after a long month and a half of
bow hunting I did not get any good shots to take on any nice
bucks that I saw. So we all know how the story goes after always
going home empty handed and getting made fun of by your wife,
you just about want to give up, especially once the fridged temperatures
start to set inand your fingers and toes feel like they have
submerged in one of the great lakes for about 8 hrs.
So anyway it
had been a couple weeks or so since I had been out in the woods
.With four children,a wife and a job that just don't slow down
I've been pretty busy.
The date was
December 2, 2002 this past gun season and it was the first day.Since
I work nights I knew I could get off at 7:00 am and still get
to my stand for a good days hunt . As the night went on at work
I debated whether I was going to go after work or not since I
knew I would smell like the work place and I would be tired,
and not leave out it was cold .Nothing sounded better than going
home and getting into a nice warm bed and relax. Well as those
wonderful black hands on the clock started inching their way
closer to 7o'clock high, I started to get I guess what was my
second wind , and a butterfly feeling in my stomach that said
to me. "Scott today is the day your going to get your prize."
The one you've been waiting for . I knew with my rifled barrel
Remington 12 gauge I would not let any nice buck within my shooting
range get by me, unlike while when I was out in the previous
weeks with my bow.
Ok so it is now
7:00 am and I am out those dreadful doors to some wonderful fresh
air and I said to myself, heck with it get on the ball Scott
you've seen plenty of bucks earlier this season and there isn't
any excuses, GO! just GO! so I did . Got into my truck and went
, I went as fast as I could go since I had about five miles to
get to my hunting spot . So as I was driving along at stupid
rates of speed on the rural ohio country roads and I was trying
to change into some of my clothes to save time, I made it to
my destination safely and half dressed. I jumped out of my truck
finished gearing up and away I went, on the big gun season whitetail
As I walked slowly
and cautiously to my stand I seen and heard nothing but a few
birds chirping while flying around.It is now 7:35AM and I'm sitting
securely in my stand when I hear BOOM!! from about quarter mile
or so down the way , then BOOM BOOM , from about the same area.
Now I know the deer are going to be moving , I look down at my
watch it is now 8:00AM I still have seen or heard nothing but
those shot's. Then all of the sudden I hear that beautiful sound!
the rustling of the brush and thicket, so I slowly turn my head
to the back right of me and there he was walking along like he
didn't have a care in the world through all the thicket about
40-45 yards away .I raised my gun up slowly sighted in on his
vitals and BOOM !! he was hit, and it was a good hit although
he took off running at a slow speed I stepped down and fired
another shot grazing his back front leg and hitting his chest
cavity underneath. I knew he was a nice buck and I hit him well
, so I waited about 5 minutes and at that time it was 8:12AM,
then I began to get down and track him. I could hear him staggering
into the brush and tree's but he was bleeding too well to lose.
That buck traveled
about an eighth of a mile up and over one hill and about three
quarter a way up another hill before he fell. Finally I downed
my big buck, he is a nice 10 point but he had two points broken
off of two of his tines which was kind of a disappointment, but
never the less I was still very happy. It took me forty minutes
to drag him down to low enough ground to where I could get the
4wheeler to him.
After all said
and done, I got my trophy 228 pound 10 pointer on a hunt that
lasted about roughly thirty minutes. Guess I didn't have to worry
about freezing my bum off !
I would also
like to thank my wife (Tracie) for all the work she did while
on her lunch break helping me with my deer, she really amazed