Location: Western Oklahoma
Temperature: 84-degrees and dropping
Wind: 20-25 mph from the SSE
Barometric Pressure: 29.72 and holding
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
I made the six-hour push to the Sooner State in the middle of the night, but the hours flew by. I was excited. Not only was I headed out for my first whitetail hunt of the year, but I was headed to my own little heaven on earth … Croton Creek Outfitters.
My good friends Scott and Joni Sanderford own the ranch, and I’m blessed to get the invite to come and hunt their magical 5,000 acres several times every year. I can’t help myself. It always feels like home, and Scott and I tend to just have a blast together.
I needed to arrive early to help Scott pull the 27 SD cards and double check the 27 tree stands and ground blinds we would be bowhunting over the next several days. I was exhausted after arriving at at 3 a.m., but it didn’t take long for the pounded tails, large rubs and even a few early scrapes to get my motor running.
My mission for this trip is simple — harvest a fat doe and a fall turkey, and make sure everything is perfect for my friends and coworkers Jared Pfeifer and Derrick Nawrocki who will be bring some clients for a Team GVO bowhunt. It’s sure to be a blast, and a few bucks and does will be hitting the ground.
As for how I’m going to spend my evening, I think 20-feet up a giant hardwood perched over a lush green plot sounds about right. Scott has a lot of does, and he works hard to keep them in check.
I crawled into the Summit Ladder at 4:30 p.m., and the first deer appeared on the wheat at 6:40 p.m. Slowly and methodically, the ladies started filtering my way.
She was 35 yards when I pressed the Hoyt Defiant Turbo into action. It’s this moment of staying calm and executing that I love and live for. My Scott Hex broke, and my Wac ‘Em-tipped Victory VAP TKO dropped right behind her shoulder. One down in Oklahoma. More to come, so stay tuned!