Been trying to close the deal on this guy since he first showed up on cams pre-dawn on the rifle opener:
Tonight I finally closed the deal - sorta. It was a collaborative effort to be sure.
20 minutes before end of legal shooting time, The buck above came in to the field with three does and he was nose to the ground harrassing the ladies. I had a shot on the buck and had way too long to think about it. The longer this deer stayed in the crosshairs the more nervous I got. I let my shooting fundamentals slip and as the trigger broke to release the hammer, I pulled the shot as he stepped forward. Instantly I knew the shot was bad. The point of impact was somewhere just in front of his left rear leg where his white belly fur starts. Bad stuff. All of the deer flushed like a covey of quail. Nothing but white flags waving at me before they were swallowed by the shadows and brush.
I decided not to wait for the buck to expire since I knew I had a tracking job in front of me and light was dwindling rapidly. I get to the point of impact and all I can find is a tuft of belly fur and one solitary speck of 'watery' blood. I knew I was hosed. I burn the rest of daylight looking for blood and burning up texts trying to locate a tracker.
I had a recommendation for Troup's Wounded Animal Recovery - 325-642-1650 - Troup Bishop. Troup was on site in about an hour and minutes later, Copper, Troup's dog was on the trail. 800 yards later and less than an hour, Copper was on the buck! It was an awesome ending to the hunt!