November 9, 2015
Location: Southeast Colorado
Time: 4:55 P.M.
Wind: East 15-17 MPH
Temperature: 62 Degrees Fahrenheit
Moon: Waning Crescent
Pressure: 29.83 Holding
Note: Each of these blogs are typed and prepared in the field in real time on an iPhone. Mistakes are inevitable.
With an easterly wind, I opted to return to the same stand I sat on the evening of day four. I have a lot of confidence in that stand and after seeing a grunting buck, though he was very young, I figured the set was a smart play.
The pressure was well below 30, but I had activity the entire evening. First, a flock of turkeys came wandering through, then a small buck and then a doe. Then, just as the sun was setting, I saw him. He was beautiful. His tall rack shimmered in the remaining light and he was pushing a doe in my direction. Unfortunately, the minute they popped out into my shooting lane the rutting 8 point began to chase her around. I grunted loudly and the buck stopped and looked directly up at me. I was already drawn and burying the single-pin of my Black Gold (www.blackgoldsights.com) Ascent on his side. The shot broke and the buck ducked and whirled. I saw my Easton (www.eastonarchery.com) Full Metal Jacket 6MM bury what I’m hoping is under the spine about three inches. He bounded off.
The trauma from the Rage (www.ragebroadheads.com) Hypodermic was evident. The ground, for about 10 yards, was covered in blood. Then I found the arrow. It was snapped off and about 12 inches – 12 bloodless inches aside from a few specks – lie on the ground. Confused, but hoping the arrow which traveled 33 yards at a downward angle, broke off in his far-side shoulder.
I backed out. The temperatures will be in the high 20s and the meat will be fine. Praying that it all works out in the morning. I love bowhunting!