Tight Spot Quivers
A Whitetail Story
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
BillyD 14-Nov-19
longspeak74 14-Nov-19
GhostBird 14-Nov-19
Heat 14-Nov-19
SD BuckBuster 14-Nov-19
BillyD 14-Nov-19
M.Pauls 14-Nov-19
BillyD 14-Nov-19
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BOWNBIRDHNTR 14-Nov-19
BillyD 14-Nov-19
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Ace 14-Nov-19
Bake 14-Nov-19
Beav 14-Nov-19
bigswivle 14-Nov-19
Errorhead 14-Nov-19
BillyD 14-Nov-19
Kodiak 14-Nov-19
Kodiak 14-Nov-19
Kodiak 14-Nov-19
Bou'bound 14-Nov-19
deerslayer 14-Nov-19
ki-ke 14-Nov-19
Copperhead 14-Nov-19
elkmtngear 14-Nov-19
JohnMC 14-Nov-19
Urbncwby 14-Nov-19
Busta'Ribs 14-Nov-19
Scoot 14-Nov-19
Heat 14-Nov-19
Hawkeye 14-Nov-19
GhostBird 14-Nov-19
BigOk 14-Nov-19
SBH 14-Nov-19
HUNT MAN 14-Nov-19
longspeak74 14-Nov-19
wooddamon1 14-Nov-19
Duke 14-Nov-19
APauls 14-Nov-19
bentshaft 14-Nov-19
drycreek 14-Nov-19
Marty 14-Nov-19
Stoneman 14-Nov-19
njbuck 15-Nov-19
t-roy 15-Nov-19
Treeline 15-Nov-19
BOWNBIRDHNTR 15-Nov-19
EmbryOklahoma 15-Nov-19
PAbowhunter1064 15-Nov-19
Eddiebobeddy 15-Nov-19
Sawpilot75 16-Nov-19
WV Mountaineer 16-Nov-19
From: BillyD
14-Nov-19

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Greetings....been reading some great hunting/deer threads and thought I’d share a whitetail story from this past week. Whereas, this deer tale ultimately concludes on Nov 7th, it begins, like many others before it, this past August......

From: longspeak74
14-Nov-19
Good Lord!

From: GhostBird
14-Nov-19
Bring it...…………….

From: Heat
14-Nov-19
Let's do this!

14-Nov-19
WTF!

From: BillyD
14-Nov-19
Random summer work day - that pic arrives via group text from my buddies (that own adjacent farms in southwest Wisconsin). I am staring at that pic thinking to myself...”can’t be real”...”they’re F’n with me”....”definitely photoshopped”.....I mean, come on, right?! What an animal, what a farm and what great friends.

From: M.Pauls
14-Nov-19
Ok! You have my attention! Lol

From: BillyD
14-Nov-19
Fast forward to the beginning of last week. I am driving back from an annual bowhunt at our family farm in Michigan’s UP and my buddy calls. “Any chance you can sneak away for a day or two this week? Big cold front coming-in Wednesday night.”

My response, “Is that a trick question?!”

Following a quick negotiation with my wife (lol) and some office work the following day we agreed to meet at the farm Wed (11/3) afternoon.

From: BillyD
14-Nov-19
Sorry guys - on a plane working with intermittent Wifi.

By mid-afternoon we are on-stand and you can feel the cold-front arriving. Overall, deer movement was relatively slow where I was hunting (likely due to the noise I made getting into my stand - this was definitely not The Quiet Place). By late-afternoon the snow arrived and by last light I had seen approx four young deer total all afternoon. Notwithstanding the limited movement as my buddy/I drank a few beers by the fire we chatted about the upcoming morning hunt and the tremendous amount of promise. By the time we turned-in the temp was 31.

From: BillyD
14-Nov-19
4:30am comes early (imo, even in deer season). We awoke to 3” of snow and a temp of 13 degrees. Eventual clear skies accompanied by a 7-10mph NW wind. Staring at the farm aerial, we strategized on which stands might prove most productive. Small issue to deal with - their farm had rolling hills and limited cellular service. I might have been able to ‘sneak’ away for a few days, but unfortunately that did now entail cancelling my work commitments. In reviewing my stand options, it became apparent that one in-particular (aka The Mud Puddle) was my best bet for cell service. By 5:15am, following a chilly Ranger ride, I was on-stand and excited to watch the morning unfold.

From: BillyD
14-Nov-19
First hour of sunlight brought temps and zero deer movement. Honestly, was second-guessing my stand selection (much rather have been in the bottom).

FYI, I am hunting a north-facing stand with approximately 45 yards of flat-ground in-front of me (before it drops-off a blind ridge). A wide trail, approx 10 yards wide (with a muddy area in-front of the stand) runs along the ridge top approx 12yards from the base of the tree stand. Behind the stand is a relatively steep slope that drops approx 125 yards to a walnut orchard. Limited visibility to the front, excellent visibility to the rear.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
14-Nov-19
I'm in. Land the plane lol.

From: BillyD
14-Nov-19
At 7:45am I spot my first deer of the morning (fork). He makes is way up the rear slope and over the ridge (approx 45 yards to the west). Not the big boy we are looking for, yet encouraging nonetheless. 7:55am - a spike cruises through. I casually think to myself - ‘you might be freezing your ass off, but at least there are deer on their feet moving.’

At the turn of the hour, I can now honestly state in hindsight, it touched-off a very special 70-minutes in the Nov deer woods. You guys know how we bow hunters describe the rut, dream about it, visualize it? ....well this was all that & then some!

At 8am, my buddy and I had agreed to touch base re the bitter cold, breakfast, etc. I take my phone out of my pocket and begin texting him. No gloves - freezing hands (boring you guys with this detail as it comes into play later). While I am responding to his text a doe comes barreling across the ridge in-front of me, followed extremely closely by a mature WI 10-pt (let’s call him a no doubter shooter, a 160-class whitetail). They are coming fast and furious (45 yards, 30 yards, 10 yards). By the time I comprehend what the heck is happening they are under my stand and I had only managed to put my phone down. My bow is hanging next to the tree. Awesome. Whereas I fancy myself a pretty decent hunter, only word to describe me at this point is idiot. As quick as these two deer entered my life they were long gone down the slope.

From: BillyD
14-Nov-19
Not 45 seconds later follows an 125” 8pt and a basket 6pt. Over the next 30 minutes 11 deer (8bucks and 3does) make there way through.

Including a 145” 9pt who comes-in on a string. I seen him chasing a doe previously and whereas I was holding out hope that the large 10pt would return, I committed to taking a shot at the 9pt should he present himself. Well, 10 minutes later there he was standing 16 yards broadside below my tree. I am experienced enough to know there are no layups in bowhunting, yet here I am thinking that exact thought.

Fully drawn, clear site picture....dead deer. Not so fast. I switched to a thumb release two years ago in an effort to improve my shooting and in advance of a goat hunt. All my practicing is done without gloves and all season, right up until I exposed my hand while texting, I had not been using gloves. Well, I made the mistake of putting them on after those deer blew through earlier.

Unfortunately for me, upon release my thumb stuck to the release and it completely torqued my bow arm. I missed that layup shot by two feet (shot in-front of him).

From: BillyD
14-Nov-19
Which leads me (appreciate your patience) to the deer that started this thread. While standing dejected on-stand wondering why in-the-world I would put that glove-on (same thing happened to me in IL two years earlier / I should have known better).

I turned my back to the wind and stared-off down the slope behind me. Scanning the wood line below I notice movement along the backside of this thicket. As the deer steps-out into the open I can tell immediately he is a mature buck. Not clearly knowing how large or which specific buck it was, I simply stood there watching...hoping he would turn north and make his way towards me.

What started at 110 yards....became 85 yards...75 yards.....then he started moving parallel. At 65 yards, I threw a bleet call his way, which stopped him. He looked in my general direction and after 15 seconds or so continued on his way. Being careful not to call too much, I decide another bleet and grunt may do the trick.

The moment I hit the grunt call he swung his head high and turned completely in my direction. At that moment It was apparent he had purpose and commitment. He was coming and directly at me.

45, 40, 35, 30, 25...no shot, 20 (first pin)...at 15 yards I stopped him with a mouth call while fully drawn. Whereas he was quartering towards me pretty hard, I was confident I could place the arrow well, so I let it loose.

Those of you that harvest deer know the exact feeling that was flowing through my body. Following a short track - I came upon him

From: BillyD
14-Nov-19

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14-Nov-19

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14-Nov-19

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14-Nov-19

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14-Nov-19

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From: Ace
14-Nov-19
WOW, awesome story, and a great buck! Congrats!

From: Bake
14-Nov-19
Wow! That's an awesome buck! Congrats!

From: Beav
14-Nov-19
Super Buck!!

From: bigswivle
14-Nov-19
Man what an awesome deer!!!! Congrats

From: Errorhead
14-Nov-19
That is a thing of beauty!

14-Nov-19
Wow! Double Wow!

From: BillyD
14-Nov-19

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Thanks fellas appreciate the kind comments as well as your patience with the thread.

For those that may have interest, taxidermist has him at 190 6/8 gross.

The Ranger pic and this truck one provide pretty good perspective on his size imo.

From: Kodiak
14-Nov-19

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14-Nov-19

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From: Kodiak
14-Nov-19
Tremendous animal.

From: Bou'bound
14-Nov-19
Superbly executed hunt and told story. Wow. Wow. Wow

From: deerslayer
14-Nov-19
Wow, wow, wow...... buck of a lifetime!

Huge congrats and great story!

From: ki-ke
14-Nov-19
Good Gawd. Thats a spectacular whitetail! Congrats! thanks for sharing!!!

From: Copperhead
14-Nov-19
Nice one. Your miss was a blessing in disguise. It's funny how things turn sometimes. Congratulations.

From: elkmtngear
14-Nov-19
Amazing buck!

Great story, big Congrats!

From: JohnMC
14-Nov-19
Awesome deer! My screw up never turn out that well! Way not to give up

From: Urbncwby
14-Nov-19
Sounds like a great morning with an awesome ending.

From: Busta'Ribs
14-Nov-19
I missed a chip shot at a little 5x4 Elk the first day of my first ever out west bowhunt. Made a perfect double lung shot on a 370” 7x6 on day two. Rather be lucky than good any day! Gorgeous buck Kris, congrats! And great job on the story/pics, thanks for posting.

From: Scoot
14-Nov-19
Outstanding!

From: Heat
14-Nov-19
Matching forked G2's and a giant frame! That is one of the coolest whitetails I have ever seen! Congratulations on a mighty nice buck!

From: Hawkeye
14-Nov-19
Congrats!!

From: GhostBird
14-Nov-19
Congratulations... that is a good one. Beautiful buck.

From: BigOk
14-Nov-19
Great buck, congrats.

From: SBH
14-Nov-19
Wow. Strait up wow. Amazing deer. Congrats man.

From: HUNT MAN
14-Nov-19
Amazing animal and even better story. Way to go!!! Hunter

From: longspeak74
14-Nov-19
Fantastic story!! We grow some big deer in SW Wisconsin!

From: wooddamon1
14-Nov-19
Holy smokes! Awesome buck, congrats!

From: Duke
14-Nov-19
Wow! Impressive buck and thanks for taking us along the ride with your story.

From: APauls
14-Nov-19
Holy moly!!!!!! What a buck and what a story!!!! Congrats!!

From: bentshaft
14-Nov-19
Great buck and story.

From: drycreek
14-Nov-19
To quote cnelk, HOLY SHIT !!!

That’s a super buck and an even better story ! Congratulations on the deer of a lifetime !

From: Marty
14-Nov-19
Wow! Congrats!

From: Stoneman
14-Nov-19
I have to admit I fast forwarded to see the pics, going back to read now. Slammer buck!

From: njbuck
15-Nov-19
What a great buck, I love those split G2's. Well done

From: t-roy
15-Nov-19
Incredible buck for sure! Great storytelling as well. Congrats on a beautiful buck!

From: Treeline
15-Nov-19
Gorgeous buck! Love his rack configuration with those matching split g2s. Definitely a buck of a lifetime!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
15-Nov-19
Great story and beautiful buck! Congrats!!

15-Nov-19
Good gravy! Congratulations on a great buck!

15-Nov-19
Fantastic write up on an epic hunt! Congratulations!!! Whatta’ buck!!!!

From: Eddiebobeddy
15-Nov-19
Awesome deer. Congratulations on a deer of a lifetime. Nice Muley! :)

From: Sawpilot75
16-Nov-19
Wow! That is what it’s all about. What a deer. Congratulations!

16-Nov-19
Unbelievable deer. Congrats man.

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