Deer Profile

Points: 8 Age: 9-1/2 Score: 138-4/8 Inside Spread: 17 Basal Circumference:
L 4-7/8   R 4-7/8
Main Beam:
L 22-4/8   R 22-4/8
Date: 10/6/2013 Time: 19:05
Ranch: n/a County: Duval Fence: Low Fence Field Dressed Weight: 190 Temperature: 75 Moon: Waxing Crescent Moon Hunter Name: Deric Hayek Submitted Date: 10/14/2013

Here's the Story:

I had a really good friend of mine invite me to his parent's ranch this year right outside of Freer, Texas. My mission was to take a management buck which was 9 points or less and at least 4-1/2 yrs old. My buddy told me about an 8 point that showed up on their ranch that had a distinct feature in his left ear. He had only been seen with the naked eye twice in 3 years. I was the third, this year. It was a beautiful evening. I dropped him off at the stand and I went on to mine. I wasn't in my stand 15 mins and I got a text from him that he shot a typical 12. I was so excited, I wanted to bail out and go help him track. He told me to stay and hunt. I reluctantly said yes, but I was only gonna sit for 30 mins unless the activity was heavy. After 15 mins, a spike walked out. That got my hopes up a little, but I was still thinking of finding his deer. Another 15 mins went by and I decided I was going to get out and help him. I started packing my bag. I got everything put away in my bag except my video camera. I reached forward to grab it and I saw a deer standing behind the feeder. I saw it was a big deer, but I didn't know what I was until he flipped his ears forward, and that's when I saw his distinct feature. I knew, then, it was a deer I could take. I reached for my bow and he walked back into the brush. This made me extremely nervous. I thought I might have spooked him. A few moments later he walked back out in the same place and proceeded to come to the feeder. When he made to the feeder, I drew my bow. When I came to full draw, he turned with his rear facing me and he turned to chase the spike away, which was standing behind him. He took three steps and he put his head down to eat. The whole time I was on him with my top pin, and when he stopped moving, so did I. I kept my pin at center mass rather than continuing a couple of inches further, and I touched off my trigger. I saw the arrow hit a little far back and I watched him run, tail-tucked, into the brush. I let him have some time to expire. I went and picked up my buddy, who had also killed that evening and we went and trailed his deer. We found him, and it was his best deer ever. We then went to trail mine. It was a great relief to find blood almost immediately. We trailed blood for only about 30 or forty yds and it stopped. I then became nervous. It was very late, our lights were dimming, and we were in some of the thickest brush I have ever been in. Reluctantly I elected to back out and come back in the morning. we picked up where we left off and found him no more than 20 yards from the last sign. I wish we would have continued the night before, because when I found him, he was half eaten by coyotes. I have never seen that before, and I was shocked when I saw it, but relieved to find my deer. He is my best buck ever, and a hunt of a lifetime for me!