Here are a couple of pictures from my hunt on Tuesday night. As you will remember it was a very rainy afternoon. I had been hunting this guy throughout the fall, having seen him in August behind the house in a bean field. I got several photos of him on my trail cam in October and Eddie had him come over 300 yards across my field to stop at 30 yards in a unshootable spot only to spook when a worker at my house spoke loudly on the phone 300 yards away. I thought he had been shot when reports came of a buck matching the same description was wounded two farms to the east of me. Later I saw that deer with a slight limp and thought it was him. He looked exactly like him. One week later I heard they had killed the wounded buck and my hopes tanked. Two days before Thanksgiving I moved to an area seldom hunted in hopes of finding something I had not seen all season. As soon as I got up in the stand I saw this 10 pointer, an exact twin of the one shot earlier. I was able to grunt and bleat to him and have him close the distance from 70 to 13 yards directly down wind and behind a tree where he winded me and bolted to 30 yards where I proceeded to bounce an arrow off of three or four trees and almost fell out of my tree. After that I didn't see him until the second Saturday of firearms season at 200 yards. Monday night I had him at 45 yards and finally Tuesday with the rain hiding my scent, I moved in on him and was able to get a 20 yard shot as he moved thru a transition area before he got to the field. I knew I was sitting very good when over 20 does and small bucks move past me and fed down wind at 50 to 75 yards. Finally a chip shot after a wet wait and he was on the ground in sight of me. I haven't taped him yet but know the other deer scored 148 and he is at least that big. At this point I really don't care. As I told you, targeting a single buck and hunting him through out the season, and finally scoring is reward enough for me. It would have been a very successful season if I had not of shot him, but this is the best. And to top it all off, my good friend, Casey Owing came over to help me load him and wouldn't even let me gut him. It doesn't get any
better than that!
CONGRATULATIONS TO MIKE BOYLE FROM THE BITMORE OUTDOORS CREW ON A GREAT BUCK AND AN AWESOME STORY
We would also like to thank Michael on sending us his photo of his big Illinois 10 pointer that he took with a muzzelloader at 175 yards. We cant wait to hear the full story on his hunt
"IF YOUR NOT OUT HUNTING YOUR BEING OUT HUNTED"