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My dad,brother and I headed out early Saturday morning on kansas mule deer hunt. We only hunt public land as we are not willing to pay for a lease to shoot a deer. We pulled up to our first hunting spot at 7:00 and not 30 yards from the truck was a buck with six does. Could not make a stalk because he turned and walked onto private ground. So we decided to move on to another spot to see what we could find. Just as we pulled up to our next spot we seen a buck 200 yards away and on the move. We made a beeline to get around him but after an hour of not seeing him we decided to call it quits. Checked a couple of other spots and all we seen were does and small bucks. Decided it was time to grab a bite of lunch to eat and relax for a minute. Dad wanted to go back to the spot where we seen the first buck this morning. Just as we were pulling up to the spot to look dad spotted the buck with a doe a quarter mile off of the road. He said he was going after it, grabbed his stuff, hopped out of the truck and took off. My brother and I thought we would drive down the road a ways and see if we could watch it all happen through our binoculars. But he went down in a bottom and we could see nothing. But at that point he was about a half-mile from the pickup. 20 minutes later we got a text message from him and all it said was "it's a waiting game". The buck was standing guard with a bedded down doe. Dad had crawled along an old fence line and had got within 120 yards and could go no more. He was hiding behind the last little clump of grass left in the fence. So my brother and I decided we would go elsewhere and see what we could do while he was camped out on the buck. Two and a half hours later I get a phone call and his statement was "he's down". When my brother and I got over there we walked the half mile in there to him. He said that after sitting there for two and a half hours the doe finally decided to get up and walk his way at a slight angle to his left. He had ranged a couple of yucca plants where she had walked and it was 40 yards. So when the buck got to that spot he drew his bow and got off a shot. He watched his arrows sail right under the buck. (The buck had walked by another yucca plant 10 yards further). And when it did the doe ran further to his left and the buck ran back to the right of him. After a few minutes the buck decided he wanted to walk back over to the doe. And this time he walked by the yucca plant that he had originally arranged at 40 yards. Got his bow drawn back, and got a perfect yards. He made it 60 yards and piled up. Dad got to watch him go down. Now this is where the work begins. My brother and I walked all the way in there. Dad got out his permit to tag it and ask one of us for a pen to sign it. Realizing we did not have one on us Dad decided to head back to the truck to get one. Got back to the truck and realized that we had the keys to get into it. So my brother took the keys back while I sat at the deer and waited. Then came the half mile drag out. Got it all done and could not have been more excited. Dad did mention that the hardest part of it all was trying to figure out how to go pee while laying on your side. LOL. We couldn't stop laughing when he told us about that. Sorry for the long story, bad grammer, and so on. I suck at writing things like this.
I love it!!! Way to go, priceless memories with your Dad and brother! Great buck!
Congrats to your pops. That's a whopper!