Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An unexpected Thanksgiving Guest!

Thanksgiving morning 2011 will be a morning that Gary will not soon forget.  The Unexpected Guest was a deer we named  "The Great 8".  He is a 5 1/2 year old eight point and we have been tracking him closely for the past three seasons.  We passed him the last two years and captured him on video twice only hoping that he would "blow up" at 5 1/2.  We also had had his sheds from 2009 and 2010 and were pumped that he made it through.  In July we started getting trail camera photos and although he had incredible G2's and a horse of a body it appeared that his rack barely grew only adding about 6 inches of antler.   We decided it was TIME to try to take him and he became the number one deer on Gary's hit list. 

Early Thanksgiving morning, after a rattling sequence around 8:15 am "The Great 8" made his first appearance this season and proceeded to provided quite a show.  He was within Gary's sight for almost a half an hour and provided an incredible hunt that kept him on pins and needles the whole time.  It is times like these that you forget about being cold, forget about everything you have to do this afternoon and your mind is focused on one thing and one thing only.  It was TIME for Gary to take "The Great 8".  After a solid 37 yard shot the Easton Full Metal Jacket did it's job and the rest is history. Not only had Gary arrowed one of his most wanted Hitlist bucks, he did it all on film! Congratulations to Gary on an incredible journey!

Also a huge congratulations goes out to Kristen Nickerson and her spectacular kill of another Hitlist buck "Splitty"

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