Started Wrong - Ended Right
It was Tuesday, November 29, 2011 and I really wanted to go
hunting that afternoon, especially after seeing the big eight point
that has frequented by back yard the last four years. My wife doesn't
want me to kill any of the deer in the yard so I let him walk and
headed to my stand in Lincoln Parish north of Ruston Louisiana.
I had put the ladder stand up the week before and had already
taken a small buck on the previous Friday. I wasn't very comfortable
with the stand, so when I went out I had decided to move the
direction it was facing. After making a lot of noise I finally got it
situated and went down the lanes to put out corn.
It was only around 2:00 so I decided to put corn on another stand
that I hunted earlier in the year. This meant carrying 50 lbs of corn
close to a half mile up and down the hills. By the time I finished
this I was soaked with sweat, but decided to hunt any way.
I took my inner shirt off and dried as good as I could, but
figured every deer within a mile could smell me. I climbed the first
stand about 3:15 and realized the corn I had put out was down wind
and that I had left my camo mask in the truck, but still I decided to
hunt this stand.
When it got to be 4:00 I knew that if I was to see anything it
would be soon. About 4:30 a yearling came out followed by a large
doe. The doe was acting nervous but another yearling came in from
another direction so I thought that might be it. A second large doe
came out and even though the small deer were feeding the two does
were nervous and didn't stick around.
When the last small deer left in a hurry I thought something was
up. Before I could get the thought out of my head I saw a heavy set
of antlers feeding in. At first glance I thought he was an eight
point so I set my scope for his shoulder. I had to wait for him to
move forward before taking the shot and the 300 short mag dropped
I could see he was big so I called a friend to help me get him
out, and called my wife to let her know I got the eight point. I
climbed down and made my way to where the deer lay and then realized
I had taken a real trophy. I called my wife again to let her know I
had taken a twelve point with split brow tines and kicker points.
The next day I took him to TP Outdoors where they scored him 161
7/8. I didn't do much right to get such a trophy, but I didn't let
the things that went wrong keep me from the hunt.