I bought a small ranch about a year and a half ago in northern Lampasas county. I have been working nonstop since with food plots, land management and a year round feeding program with protein and corn feeders. I decided to take the jump into archery hunting when I started seeing the best bucks during the pre-rut last October. I have been hunting for the past few weeks and finally connected. I had a really big ten point jump the string on me two weeks ago which left me feeling pretty low but I kept after it. Last Friday I had this guy come past at 12 yards. I have never seen him before. He just started showing up about ten days ago.
I made the shot and it felt good. He went and laid up 35 yards out but I ended up jumping him on my way out of the popup. I felt horrible. I thought he was stone dead. I was sorely wrong. I went and got my Catahoula and started the track. HE ended up jumping the fence onto my neighbors place. They gave me permission to look the next day and I was off with Pepper to find him. I found him but sadly so had the buzzards. I double lung shot him low and he still ran 750 yards! I ran a track on google maps to verify it. That guy had a lot of go in him. Thank goodness for a well trained blood dog. I have been working with Pepper for almost two years now and this is her first whitetail track job. I usually run her on hogs. She ran him down in no time. He is by far my biggest 8 point to date and my first archery deer with a 18 inch inside spread and long tall main beams. I can see why bow hunting is so addictive! Getting so close to a deer that you hear it breathing really gets the blood pumping!