So there we were! (How every good hunting story begins) walking and glassing different areas making no headway until we found a spot we wanted to sit and watch. We sat down, glassed, and waited patiently. After a while of sitting in the cold watching our breath turn into steam Jacob began to rattle and grunt call. Nothing happened but we weren’t giving up. Just as the sun no longer gave us great light for spotting out steps a dark figure from the woods. I️ get set up. 300 yards. Jacob continued calling hoping to bring the little guy in, but that young deer wasn’t having it. Being unsure what the muzzleloader drops at that range we passed on what we presumed to be a small 4 point with possibly only one side. So again we waited, but by then my finger was happy, and my heart racing, so ready to take a shot. The only problem was we couldn’t stay till dark, we had arranged plans for that evening. So as the clock started ticking and it was time for us to bug out, we slowly gathered our gear. Jacob stood up next to the tree we were leaned against and started glassing still in the same direction of the smaller buck till I️ started to stand looking in the direction we were to start heading out. Then I️ grabbed his arm “Jacob, don’t move!” I️ violently whispered.
He had called in a buck and we didn’t even know it. There was the dark figure feeding behind us about 140 yards in the WIDE OPEN! Once the deer turned his body away from us, I️ spun Jacob around to see and after a second with his binos I️ heard, “It’s a good buck Courtney!”.
So, we both dropped to the ground and I️ got set up. Leaning over a Tripod Jacob had used all guiding season for glassing, I️ had the buck in my sights. He was in motion feeding and had turned broadside. Jacob asked if I️ wanted him to whistle to get him stopped but by then he briefly stopped looking at his surroundings and I️ pulled the trigger on this big ole guy. And the rest is history.
20” wide 21 1/4” main beam.
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