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2007 Opening Day Doe
« on: October 13, 2007, 10:14:59 PM »
Here's the full story for our opening day hunt here in Rockland..

My dad and I were in our usual trees around 5:30 am and our neighbor and his girlfriend were about 100 yards to our left in a ground blind. We saw probably 2 dozen deer all morning, but nothing close enough for a shot. Well actually, we had a button buck underneath us at first light, but we both passed because it was a button and a fawn. But all morning we had action, just nothing close enough. I saw does boxing, bucks running does and bucks making rubs. This one 6pt was running a group of does in circles for 20 minutes straight. As he was running the does he was grunting a little bit. He let out one very loud grunt which was extremely audible throughout the woods but other than that, the rest was all low popping. But anyway, our neighbor's his girlfriend shot a button buck this morning. It was her first deer so we were all really happy for her. We sat til about 8:30 AM and then called it a morning.

Then around 3:00pm we hit the woods again. This time I was on the ground sitting on a milk crate between to huge oaks and my dad went about 100 yards away and sat in a tree. We had radios with earpieces so we could communicate. Around 3:45 I had two does surprise me from my left and the lead doe saw me pick my bow up so they got on out of there, no tail, just a hurried trot. Then around 4:30 the deer started moving big time. I had three does behind me at about 100 yards walking through the stream ( and peeing in it too! ). I grunted at them and they came on the shore looking for the buck but never came closer than 50 yards. They fed off across the ridge away from me. Then around 6:00 my dad tells me on the radio that two does just passed him and were on their way to me. So I stood up off the milk crate and got ready. I saw the doe and her fawn within 2 minutes and they walked right down the trail to me. They turned to their left and my right off the trail and stood broadside at 15 yards. But as they were coming down off the trail, they went behind a tree, which gave me enough time to draw my bow. I started to settle the pin on the fawn and get ready to squeeze the shot off when the big doe she was with stepped out. So I settled my 20 yard pin on her chest when she turned broadside and squeezed the shot. I remember not dropping my arm and everything went perfect. I remember watching my yellow fletching in slow motion disappear into her chest and then she tried to run up the hill. She made it about 30 yards, got the jelly legs and tumbled over. The 100gr 3-blade Muzzy did it's job. The fawn then had no idea what the heck happened. It walked over to the dead doe and sniffed her and stomped her hoof. When the doe did nothing, she walked about 20 yards away and started feeding again. So I got up, packed my stuff and walked over to recover my doe a few minutes later. The fawn just wouldn't leave her side. I thought about shooting the fawn but then said screw it. It's getting dark out. She was a really good doe right around 150 pounds live weight, probably 100# dressed. Definitely a nice mature doe. Also my first kill with the Ross. So I'm 1 for 1 so far with that bow.

Here's the pics...

Here she is where she died, but in the deer cart a.k.a. Cart of Death:



Here's the entrance wound:



Here's the exit:



Me and my little brother, Mike:



Me and my dad:

Joe







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Re: 2007 Opening Day Doe
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2007, 01:20:20 AM »
Nice.All the pictures are a swell bonus!  O0 O0
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Re: 2007 Opening Day Doe
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2007, 11:17:38 AM »
Nice Joe... Gotta say the story got my heart pumpin. O0
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Re: 2007 Opening Day Doe
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2007, 06:35:30 PM »
Great work there, Joe!  O0 NICE DEER!  O0
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Re: 2007 Opening Day Doe
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2007, 08:08:28 AM »
nice deer......and more important yet......nice shot......nothing's better than a quick clean kill
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