Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Big Buck On The Brushy Ridge.

Tuesday morning I had gotten up at 4:00 a.m. and decided to go hunting over at a place I call Brushy Ridge. I had checked the weather forecast and it was to be sunny with winds out of the south/southeast at 5-10 miles per hour and the barometric pressure was rising with temperatures around 61 degrees. Sunrise was at 6:42 a.m. and I had arrived at the bottom of Brushy Ridge at 4:45 a.m.. I got my gear and headed out across a horse lot and into the woods taking my time so as not to spook any deer in the area. Slowly taking my time and working my way through the dark woods without a flashlight I had made my way to my stand by 6:30 a.m.. I had just gotten settled in when a huge buck appeared at 40 yards from me broadside but he stopped and began looking around as if he knew something was wrong. At first glance of the big buck I could see that he had dark chocolate horns and the right side was oddly formed and his face was almost completely gray with a large body. He stepped behind a tall stump which gave me the opportunity to draw my bow but as lady luck would have it the buck turned and began stepping away still not sure what was wrong with the area. The buck stopped again and I waited till he was standing there for a minute then released my arrow at the 40 yard pin. The buck flew out of the area running back the direction he had come in from and up across the ridge stopping only long enough to blow before leaving my sight. Still not sure if I had hit the buck, I remained in the stand and began hearing the squirrels barking just over the ridge where the buck had run of too. As the buck was by his self I was hoping there would be some does looking for him and come my way so I waited for about 2 1/2 hours before checking for my arrow. I searched the area where I had shot at the buck for my arrow and had to realign myself with the shot several times before finally finding the arrow in a pile of tree tops and leaves. The arrow was clean but I still looked around the area for any signs of a blood trail. As I looked back at my stand from where the buck stood I quickly realized that I had misjudged the distance and that he was really at 55 yards not the 40 I had thought he was at. I missed the shot completely but was happy to know the big buck was unharmed and still running in the area for a return visit next time. Wednesday morning brought heavy rainfalls which should remove alot of the leaves from the trees and bushes giving me a better view of the area but also giving the deer a better chance to see me better getting into bow range. Perhaps next time I'll judge my yardage better or end up buying one of those expensive range finders for bowhunters.

10 comments:

Tom Sorenson said...

I have to admit - there's been many a time I've wished for a range finder. I own one, but apparently they don't work very well if you don't take them with you to the field. I don't understand that.

Packsaddle said...

Here in Texas, we mark the distances at our stand locations using natural elements such as rocks, logs, etc.

In Tennessee, you might try using empty beer cans (i.e. Bud Light Can = 10 yards, Coors Light Can = 20 yards, etc.).

Marian Love Phillips said...

Too bad you missed the deer...maybe next time you will get one. You need to check out my site and see the big one that was harvested in MS on Oct. 4th. In fact, will post another big buck that was harvested the same day but in the Delta on tomorrow's post. When I did bowhunt I put out orange flagging to help me. Never did get a deer..but stuck a big doe and it bounced off the shoulder. I did bend the tip and blood half way up the broadhead - it is a very challenging sport.
PS: How is your leg?

deerslayer said...

Tom; From what I understand about range finders they are off on the yardage by about 2 yards either direction but your right they don't work to well unless you carry them with you to the stand. Then again they do make good gifts for someone who will use them for something other than paper weights.

deerslayer said...

Packsaddle; I beleive this is your first visit and comment to my sight that I can remember so a big welcome to you and thanks for the visit. Now as for using beer cans to mark the yardage points well that could be a great thought and since there are plenty of them in the ditchs of the road I may have to give that a try. If I stand them up and pour a little deer scent in them I could use them as a double duty marking the yardage and attracting the deer in close. A different deer scent in every can might just get me that old big buck. That could be a new trend, I 'll keep that in mind. Thanks for the suggestion.

deerslayer said...

Marian; I'll definitly be over to check out your site as I do so often. I have flags to put out but it was a new place for me and haven't had the time to put them out or mark any natural markers yet. My leg has completely healed over now but still has a tender area when I rub over it while bathing. Thanks for the visit Marian see you soon.

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Packsaddle; I beleive this is your first visit and comment to my sight that I can remember better or end up buying one of those expensive range finders for bowhunters.

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