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My early season didnt pan out this year. Early storm pushed all the deer out of my area. While looking for a spot to hunt during Christmas break I ran across another hunter who generously put me on one of his spots. Set up the blind, used the cordless to screw it down and brushed it in. Got the Big buddy in there and started hunting. Temps were lows of -25 but evenings were around -15 so hunted then. A lot of fawns, does and small bucks the first night. Second night same but busted some out. Night 3 nothing but a fawn showed. decided to give it one more go. New years day.Nothing came in early. With about 10 minutes of shooting time a fawn came in. It would look back occasionally and I kept hoping a buck would show. Suddenly there were 5 fawns and then a buck right in front of me. I drew and had to let down because the arrow had jammed between the rest and riser. Got it straightened out and let fly.

Waited a bit and got out to look for sign. No arrow, no blood. Called my buddy and we went back to town for an hour. Back out and still no sign. I went down the trail and there it laid with barely any blood. Both lungs and the arrow hit the far shoulder and stopped. I was a happy camper not to have to eat a tag.
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Mmmm thats toughing it out sir Congrats as you well deserve that buck. I didnt hunt here in the carolinas because its been in low teens.. Dang thats cold up there.

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Hunting with any weapon in those temps is tough, but bowhunting in those temps is brutal! Congrats on a hard-earned buck!!!!
 

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Congratulations!!!
 

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Nicely done. Way to grind it out. Nice trophy for your efforts.
 

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Congrats, a well earned buck.
 

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Thank you all. It wasnt too tough to make myself go hunting! I teach high school so was on break. I cant sit around to long. Couple more things that work well for me.
Have a plan to get the deer into a heated space to process. Loaded it up and into a heated garage. I put a tub under it and use the gutless method. Way less smelly and messy.

Use a 20 pound tank with the heater if you can. Much more heat.

A blind that has windows that actually close instead of flaps would work better I think. With the shooting window into the wind it gets pretty drafty.

Just being out there and seeing deer was worth it. Good luck and God Bless.

Wayne
 
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