The 2014 deer hunt was tough on us as EHD took is toll on us the last couple years so our mature buck numbers have been down. (The years to come look promising though) We had 3 mature bucks that we were after this year. Two old cull deer and a 6 yr old that now goes by the name of cornstalk. The buck pictured (screenshot off the video footage) is the cornstalk buck. I have seen him for the past 3 yrs and had past him as both a 3 and 4 yr old. I only saw him once last season but had hopes for his return. In mid September he showed back up on my Moultrie cams. Excited he was back I placed 4 cameras in this area trying to pinpoint his location. On October 7th he entered my monsterraxx xxtremclover field and worked his way toward me. He entered my mix field of corn and last heart beet. The camera was rolling and I was all dialed in. The problem is I was concentrating so hard on the "spot" for my shot that I didn't see the stalk off corn a few yards short of the deer running up the side of his front leg. My arrow looked good until moments before impact when it took a fast upward angle. I saw hair fly but didn't feel good as I knew something had deflected my arrow. I reviewed the footage and I was right. My arrow had deflected off a cornstalk and gave him a haircut. My heart sank as this was my first miss in I don't know how many years. I passed this deer for years waiting then finally have that one opportunity and blow it. Unfortunately it happens so you get back on the horse and ride. It wasn't the first time and surely won't be the last. I had one more encounter with this buck on November 13th but he offered no shot. Now with our final gun season out of the way I have 3 days left to find him/one of my old cull deer or do my part in deer management and take a late season doe.
Speaking of late season Does. Last night was our final night of a holiday doe only hunt. Michelle didn't hunt at home much this year but did buy a Wisconsin gun deer tag. We were hoping again she could connect with one of the bucks we had on our hit list during the normal 9 day gun season. Unfortunately it didn't happen so with days winding down and no fresh venison in the freezer we headed to one of our favorite and most productive late season food plots. As the season was slowly coming to an end with 15 minutes left in the hunt 4 does entered the field. Michelle took a deep breath and squeezed the trigger on her .243. The doe kicked and ran just out of sight. The shot looked good but we decided to head back to the cabin and grab the Polaris ranger and deer cleaning equipment to give her some time. It didn't take long to find her as she laid just out of our sight from the stand. Congrats to Michelle and hoping that tonight I can put one more in the freezer. Great start to the new year.
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