Well here it goes.... It's been one heck of a roller-coaster of a season for this lady. We've been able to have some encounters with some good deer with no success. Last Friday we were able to call this guy in but couldn't connect. We decided that Wednesday evening would be our only opportunity to sit this week. We hustled out to our stand and had an encounter with a spike buck chasing does. Once we quick got settled in the tree we heard something coming. Sure enough here comes this guy nose to the ground running circles trying to find the doe. He must have swam across the river because he was dripping wet! I was able to stop him at 18yds and Emily put an arrow in him. The shot was a little far back so we gave him time. We got down and found the arrow but no blood trail. Scott Stuerman Eric Stuerman and Tanner Vogl all came out and helped us look for blood. Finding none we decided to wait til noon Thursday to resume looking. Anyone who has been in this situation knows that there was not much sleep to be had that night. Resuming the tracking job Thursday we looked and looked til 5pm with no luck. We headed back to the truck very discouraged and had given up hope. As we were standing by the truck a farmer who lives nearby stopped and said he saw a wounded deer by his place the night before heading to another little piece of public land. Figuring what the heck we jumped in the trucks and Scott and I quick ran out there to see if we could find some sign. We walked about 75-100yds and I looked over to my left and there he laid!!! I yelled to Scott, "you wanted an unbelievable tracking story, well here one is!" Emily was on her way out to help and we called her over to look at something. Her reaction when she walked up on this buck was one I'll never forget! I couldn't be more proud of her! @emilydeutsch#hoyttaggedout#g5broadheads#rockriveroutdoors#thehuntingpublic#publicland#publiclandowner#keephammering#raisedhunting#venisongains#druryoutdoors#trophybucksofiowa#nockturnalnocks#trophypursuit#bowmadness#realtree#bowhunting#hoytbowhunting#rutriot#shareyourtrophy
The hourly countdown is into the double digits, and excitement is at an all time high! I’ve always dreamed of hunting Illinois and this year we made it happen. Less than 100 hours till we’re in a tree. Will also be making an appearance in Kentucky next weekend 😏 Let’s see if we can put one on the wall!